• A Jar of Mayonnaise
  • 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 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 proceeded to fill 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 them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He again asked the students 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 - your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions - things that 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. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. 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. "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."

  • News
  • FDA published its final rule about a week ago, and it extended the phase-out period for chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-containing metered-dose inhalers (MDI's) until the end of 2008. This will result in significant savings to individuals and health care providers for poor patients. On the other hand, it extends the time in which chemicals that deplete our ozone layer will be used.
  • Memorial donations were made by Susan Hesser in memory of Dorothy Hall, Mary Burns in memory of Richard Davidson, James Lynch in memory of Beverly Ann Cline. Kevin and Judith Hettich made a donation in honor of Mary Burns for the Chair.
  • The spring and summer months are ideal for traveling, and our own Mary Burns is traveling to Norway and Sweden. Mary will be visiting Audhild Hjalmarsen, MD above the Arctic Circle in Tromso, Norway and Margareta Emtner, PhD in Uppsala, Sweden. Mary will also be speaking to physicians and respiratory therapists in Trondheim, Norway. Mary promises a long letter in July with details of her interesting journey.
  • For travel next year, Jim Barnett of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo is sponsoring an Alaskan Cruise on Princess Cruise Line's, Regal Princess. The cruise will leave from San Francisco on June 15, 2006. The ports of call will be Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm and Ketchikan Alaska. The final port of call will be Victoria, Canada and the cruise will end at San Francisco on June 25, 2006. Prices range from $1449 to $2524 per person, and bus transportation to and from San Francisco will be included at an additional cost. For additional information please contact Jim Barnett at 949-365-2106.

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.