Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked 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 responded with a unanimous "YES".
The professor then produced two cups of coffee 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-God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions.  Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the thing that matter like your job, house, and car.  The sand is everything else--the small stuff". he said.
"If you put the sand in 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 thing that are important to you..." he told them.
"So...pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Worship with your family.  Play with your children.  Take your partner out to dinner.  Spend time with good friends.  There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.  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 inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Why We Do What We Do

Yes we love what we do, but there is a deeper reason for our love of photography.  It is the people we meet  and the families that touch our lives.

Most of our phone calls start with "How Much Is A Picture?"
Well a picture isn't much, but, a portrait is well worth more than what we charge.
Not long ago, I received a phone call late in the evening and the person on the other end knew what  the value of a portrait truly is.  Her question was not "How Much", but "How Soon?"

This is how the conversation went: " Hello, my name is Mary Hendrix and a friend of mine gave me your name.  I was wondering if there might be any way that you could do a family portrait for me tomorrow night around 7 PM.  My daughters will be in town and I would love to have a family portrait for my family. I have learned I have stage 4 cancer."

Well, of course we set up the portrait session.  This lady came into the studio, all smiles, and very happy to have her family with her.  You would never known anything was going on with her health.  Full of love for our Lord, her family, and life in general.

Now, for those of you who knew Mary Procter-Hendrex, I need to say nothing more.  My Wife and I could never tell you how greatful we are to have had what little time we had with Mary and her family.