Thanks to a friend who sent me this.  May the BIG ROCKS of this Holiday
Season bring you joy and happiness.

Tom Stewart


One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business
students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students
will never forget.  As this stood in front of the group of high powered
overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."  Then he pulled out a
one-gallon, wide mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.
Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them,
one at a time, into the jar.  When the jar was filled to the top and no
more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"  Everyone in the
class said, "Yes."

Then he said, "Really?"  He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket
of gravel.  Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces
of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks.
Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"

By this time the class was on to him.  "Probably not," one of them
answered. "Good!" he replied.  He reached under the table and brought out a
bucket of sand.  He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into
all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked
the question, "Is this jar full?" "No!" the class shouted.  Once again he
said, "Good."  Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in
until the jar was filled to the brim.  Then he looked at the class and
asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"  One eager beaver raised
his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if
you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point.  The truth this
illustration teaches us is:  If you don't put the big rocks in first,
you'll never get them in at all."  What are the 'big rocks' in your life?
Time with your loved ones?  Your faith, your education, your dreams?  A
worthy cause?  Teaching or mentoring others?   Remember to put these BIG
ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all.  So, tonight, or in the
morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this
question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life?  Then, put those in your jar