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Is it full?

Putting the right things first.

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students, and to drive home a point he decided to use a visual illustration. As he stood in front of this group he said, "time for a quiz". 

 He then pulled out a large jar, and set it on the table in front of him. He then produced several large rocks and carefully placed them one at a time inside of the jar. When the jar was filled to the top, and no more rocks could fit, in he asked a question, "Is the jar full"? Several student in the class yelled, "yes".

 Reaching under the table he pulled out a bucket full of gravel. He then proceeded to dump the gravel into the jar. As he did so he shook the jar causing the small pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the large rocks. When the jar was filled to the top, and no more sand could fit, in he asked the group one more time, "Is the jar full"? By this time the group had caught onto what was happening and someone replied, "probably not".  

Once more reached under the table this time bringing out a bucket of sand. He then began to dump the sand into the jar. Again as he did so he shook it until the small grains of sand had filled in all of the spaces left between the large rocks, and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is the jar full"? This time the majority of the students replied, "no". 

For the last time he reached under the desk once more, this time he pulled out a pitcher of water. He then poured the water into the jar until it was full to the brim. Then he looked at the class and he asked them, "What is the point of this demonstration"? To which one student replied, "The point is that no matter how full your schedule is if you try hard you can always fit one more thing in." "That is not the point at all," he replied, "What this illustration teaches us is that if you do not put all of the large rocks in first, you will never get them in at all".

So what are the large rocks in your life? Your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams? Whatever they are always remember to put those things first, otherwise you may find in the end you have no room for them at all. 

Remember: "Life seldom offers us a second chance".