By Richard Lund, M.S.
An expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and to drive home a point, told a story these students will never forget.
As he stood in front of this group of high-powered overachievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” He pulled out a large 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 would fit inside, he asked, “Is the jar full?”
Everyone in the class agreed, “Yes.”
“Really?” he teased. He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some in and shook the jar, causing the gravel to work itself down into the spaces between the rocks.
Then he asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?”
“Probably not,” one brave student ventured.
“Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He dumped the sand in the jar and it filled the spaces between the rocks and the gravel.
Once more, he asked, “Is the jar full?”
Now the whole class was on to him. “No!” they shouted.
Once again, he replied, “Right you are!” Then he grabbed a pitcher and began to pour water in until the jar filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”
One eager student raised his hand and exclaimed, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you work hard, you can always fit some more things in!”
“No!” the teacher replied, “That’s not the point. The truth is, if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you will never get them in at all.”
Friends, what are the “big rocks” in your life? What are your priorities, the most important things in your life, which only you can decide? If wellness is a priority, are you putting your life’s purpose, exercise, good nutrition, sleep, and stress-management into your schedule? Connect with us digitally to learn about our Five Pillars of Health & Well-being and how to optimize your whole health – mind, body, and spirit.
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