Live, Love & Laugh a Lot in 2014

Hope you had a great Christmas and Santa was good to you!

This is a great time of year to reflect on the past 12months and decide what worked and what didn’t.

What you want to do more of and what you want to do less of, what you wished you had done but didn’t so will set out to do this year!

Whatever you decide think big, get rid of all the mindless crap that goes on day after day and really commit to making this year full of the things that make YOU happy!!

I have some big scary plans for 2014…… do you?!

Let’s live the year ahead like it’s the last one and don’t waste a moment. I have a friend who’s going to die next year and he is living life to the full just now and plans to continue to do that for as long as he can, he has experienced things he probably never would have if he hadn’t been told he only had months to live!

Let’s not waste the time we have whatever age you are…….. Live a life you love!

The Mayonnaise Jar…..

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor then picked up a jar of pebbles and poured them into the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students replied with a unanimous ‘yes’.

The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things — your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions — and if everything else was lost and only they remained your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’

One of the students raised her hand and enquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.’

Author unknown.

So remember fill your life with the important stuff!

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year!

Live, Love & Laugh a Lot in 2014

Karen xx

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