Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Big Rocks
Re: Big Rocks
Fri, 16 Oct 1998 07:23:54 -0400
Hello all you Scouters... This came to me from the Embers group -
perhaps some of you have received it as well. I apologize for the
duplication to some of you, but I thought this was great! What a visual
Scoutmaster's Minute, huh? Something that I believe the boys will
remember long after they leave their troop meeting. Have fun with it.
Betsy "Beaver" Miller, RN, ASM, Troop 321, Tifton, GA
Rick Rambo wrote:
> BIG ROCKS
> A while back I was reading about an expert on subject of time
> management. One day this expert was speaking to a group of business
> students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students
> will never forget. As this man 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 a 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 spaces between the big
> rocks. Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this
> time the class was onto 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 and it went into all 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 water and began to pour
> it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the
> class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"
> One eager student 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 into 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? A project that YOU want to accomplish? Time
> with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A
> cause? Teaching or mentoring others?
> Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at
> all. --- 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 or business? Then, put those in your jar first.