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'The Big Rocks and The Jar'

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,


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


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? 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? When you are hassled because

there is no time, remember the story about the Big Rocks

and the Jar!

- Author Unknown -


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