Friday, January 13, 2012

Big Rocks

Dear All:
In life there are choices we make that OFTEN cause us pain and inner
turmoil. Such is Life.
Life is hard. Life is unfair. Lessons learned come at a price.
Life is a series of choices. Responsibility is mine. I offer this to
you as a reminder that it is never to late to examine our lives and make BETTER choices.

I don't always do it, I have often failed miserably, but am trying to
focus now on "big rocks".
Go to GOD, He is OUR strength, OUR Heavenly Father,

I am a sinner, but am saved through GRACE, Praise be to GOD.
I am Forgiven.


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." Then he pulled out
a one-gallon, wide mouthed 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
 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 children....Your loved ones ... Your education.... Your
> dreams.... A worthy cause ... Teaching or mentoring others.....
Doing > things that you love... Time for yourself..... Your health....Your
Significant > other.
> Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them
in at
> If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, the sand) then you'll
fill your life with little things you worry about that don't really matter,
and you'll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big,
important stuff (the big rocks).
> 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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