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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 he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers
he said, "Okay, time for a quiz" and he pulled out a one-gallon,
wide mouth Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.
He also 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 the jar full?" Everyone in the class yelled. "Yes."
The time management expert replied, "Really?"
He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel.
He dumped some gravel in & shook the jar causing pieces
of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between
the big rocks. He then 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
the spaces left between the rocks and 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? Your loved ones,
your faith, your job, 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 have a little time
to reflect 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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