Rocks In A Jar

Sometimes it’s important for us to make sure that we have our priorities in order but, in the fast-paced, ever changing world that we live in, it’s not always easy to keep our eye on what our priorities really are.

It’s all too easy to lose sight of our priorities when we have so many things in life and work that are constantly demanding our attention.

This simple story illustrates why we need to keep our focus on our priorities at all times.  It is quite an old one but it’s as relevant, today, as it was when it was written.  The author is unknown.

A high school science teacher wanted to demonstrate a concept to his students.  He takes a large-mouth jar and places several large rocks in it.  He then asks the class, “Is it full?

“Unanimously, the class reply, “Yes!”

The teacher then takes a bucket of gravel and pours it into the jar.  The small rocks settle into the spaces between the big rocks.

He then asks the class, “Is it full?”

This time there are some students holding back, but most reply, “Yes!”

The teacher then produces a large can of sand and proceeds to pour it into the jar.  The sand fills up the spaces between the gravel.

For the third time, the teacher asks, “Is it full?

“Now most of the students are wary of answering, but again, many reply, “Yes!”

Then the teacher brings out a pitcher of water and pours it into the jar.  The water saturates the sand.  At this point the teacher asks the class, “What is the point of this demonstration?”

One bright young student raises his hand and then responds, “No matter how full one’s schedule is in life, he can always squeeze in more things!”

“No,” replies the teacher, “The point is that unless you first place the big rocks into the jar, you are never going to get them in.  The big rocks are the important things in your life ……. your family, your friends, your personal growth.  If you fill your life with small things, as demonstrated by the gravel, the sand, and the water….. you will never have the time for the important things.

So, what are the “Big Rocks” in your life?  What are your priorities?

  • Spending time with your children, your parents or your spouse?
  • Taking the seminar or class to get the information and perspective you need to succeed?
  • Making the time to set goals, plan or evaluate your progress?
  • Creating Multiple Income Streams that can be automated to help free up your time?

Whatever your priorities are, when you’re hassled because you don’t seem to have any time, remember the story about the Big Rocks and the Jar!

With all best wishes,

Steve Bimpson

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