Monday, September 29, 2008
The Big Rocks and the Jar: A Lesson in Making Priorities
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? 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!
"Your heart can hold the weight of many universes." -- Alana
What are you big rocks?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have been making quilts for many years but lately I've been stepping out of that comfort zone and making many other items like this journaling bag, colored pencil holder and the journal itself. The bag and colored pencil roll were still a bit comfortable as it was still working with fabric but the journal was a totally new thing for me and I loved working on it. Of course if one were to go out into a meadow or perhaps wanted to just go to their favorite park and journal they'd need something to sit on so I'm working on a small quilt to go with this and it will get featured when it is complete. Have a great weekend all.
Labels: Stepping out of comfort zones
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains,, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.
For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves."
I read this and it resonated with me in so many ways that I'm not sure how to put it into words so I will sit with this for awhile and then I'll be back to do my best to put my thoughts into words.
Labels: You'll find me searching somewhere......
This is what Joey bought home from school last Mother's Day, one for me and one for his momma. These pics are from his first day of school this year and I thought it would be fun to share how well those two sweet little plants have done over the summer.
Thank you Joey for such a wonder*filled gift. You are one very loved little boy!
Labels: Joey's gift to me and his mommy.....
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
This is what I spent Labor Day doing, making crayon rolls, and how fun it was. These are super easy to make and so much fun for the kids. I made a few other items and will share those as soon as I get the pics uploaded. In the mean time enjoy these little jewels and stay creative.
Labels: Loving these crayon rolls.....
Turn bedroom into Magic Place :)