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That is a great lesson. I should use this little exercise with my
business students. Thank you. Lorraine

>         Thanks to a friend who sent me this.  May the BIG ROCKS of this Holiday
> Season bring you joy and happiness.
>
> Tom Stewart
> _________________________________________
>
> TIME MANAGEMENT EXPERT
>
> 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
> first.
>
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