Monday, July 01, 2019

Sadhguru Inspirational Quotes

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (born 3 September 1957), often referred to as simply Sadhguru, He is an Indian yogi, mystic,and author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach, education and environmental initiatives.His books have appeared in The New York Times Best Seller list in multiple categories like "Health", "Religion, Spirituality and Faith", and "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous".Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has been a primary speaker at the Headquarters of the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Australian Leadership Retreat, Indian Economic Summit and TED. He has also spoken at various educational institutions including, Oxford University, Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University, Wharton University , London School of Economics and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also been a speaker at premier technology companies like Microsoft and Google. Sadhguru was conferred the Padma Vibhushan civilian award by the Government of India in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the field of spirituality
  1. To plunge into the core of life is the only sacredness there is. To live superficially is the only sin. 
  2. Qualifications only give you entry. It is competence that ultimately works.
  3. The mind is there to perceive, not to cook up nonsense. It has to be like a mirror, showing you everything the way it is.
  4. Birth and death are just passages, not of life but of time.
  5. Being on the spiritual path means understanding that the source of your trouble and the source of your well being are within you. 
  6. A situation becomes stressful only when you compulsively react to it.
  7. If you are concerned about the world, the first thing you need to to is transform yourself into a joyful being.
  8. When you are truly meditative, there is no time and space for you. Time and space are consequences of the mind.
  9. No matter what life throws at you - what you make out of it is up to you.
  10. If you want to live strong, you need to be in touch with the five elements constantly.
  11. Dhanyalinga is not to be worshiped - it needs to be experienced. The linga is a doorway to the unlimited nature of existence.
  12. It doesn't take any greater intellect or qualifications to create something wonderful, just absolute devotion towards what you wish to do.
  13. Every cell in your body is working for your well being. If you are in tune with your system, you will naturally be healthy. 
  14. If what is happening in the world is not the way you want it, at least what is happening within you must be the way you want it.
  15. There is oneness in existence and uniqueness in all beings. The essence of spirituality is to recognize and enjoy this.
  16. Lust is a strong need. Love is not a need. When you love, you settle down; nothing more is needed.
  17. Everyone has dreams, but how many are willing to stake their life to fulfill that dream?
  18. Don't be dead serious about your life. Seriousness will bring the quality of Death while alive.
  19. Truth means 'that which is.' To make friends with 'that which is', you simply have to be.
  20. Past and future only exist in your memory and your imagination. The only thing that you experience is what is right now.
  21. No one cause metal pain to you. It is you - in reaction to something that happens around you.
  22. If you allow experience of the past to overshadow your future, you are ensuring there is not future in your life, just recycling the past.
  23. No one can achieve well being through someone else's suffering.
  24. It takes all kinds of people to make the world beautiful. You can do it too.
  25. Make use of this International Day of Yoga to explore different dimensions of Yoga. Yoga is not just about twisting and turning. Yoga means to exist in union with the rest of creation.
  26. It is not economy versus ecology. Economy and ecology need to go hand in hand. Ecologically sensitive Economics have to be crafted.
  27. In this culture, you not only have the freedom to choose your god, but to create the sort of god that you can relate to.
  28. There is no need to search for Grace. Without it, you would not be alive.
  29. Your life is not an individual existence. What you exhale, the trees are inhaling; what the trees  exhale, you are inhaling. If this was in everyone's experience, would we have to tell you to plant and protect trees?
  30. The idea that women are inferior to mean is absurd. When a man is born of a woman, how can he be superior and she inferior.
  31. People started this Philosophy, "Thank God its Friday!' If you are not enjoying what you are doing five days a week, then why are you doing it? It's a very brief life.
  32. The more you know about something, the better you can handle it. The more you know about yourself, the better you can handle yourself. This is called self-realization.
  33. An intelligent person knows that he is a fool but a fool does not know that he is a fool.
  34. Excellence is not about being better than someone else. Excellence means to function with utmost ease and at your best.
  35. Nothing is accidental here. The whole physical existence is happening between cause and consequence.
  36. Devotion is the highest form of intelligence. When you overflow with sweetness of Devotion, then you function at your best.
  37. Water is life-making material. Saving water resources is saving life.
  38. Mediation is not an act - it is a quality.
  39. May the labors of your life be not of hardship but of Love and Joy.
  40. Every particle in your body is communicating with the entire cosmos. Yoga is about experiencing that.
  41. Adiyogi is a symbol, a possibility, and a source of tools to transform yourself and create your own Destiny.
  42. What your consciousness is intensely focused on is what will manifest in your life and in the world around you.
  43. Your ability to love, to reach out, and to experience life is limitless. The limitation is only of the mind.
  44. Doubt is good. It means you are searching for truth. Suspicion is sickness - it means you already made a negative conclusion
  45. Mediation is a possibility to awaken new dimensions within you.
  46. Life has a certain pace. You should be joyfully in a hurry but never impatient.
  47. Marriage means weaving two lives into one. Thinking, feeling, and living beyond yourself can be a stepping stone to Ultimate Union.
  48. For compulsiveness, there is only one cure - consciousness. There is simply no other way.
  49. Heaven and hell are not geographical locations, just dimensions of experience.
  50. How you handle a situation is not entirely your choice. But how you handle yourself is entirely  yours.
  51. Logic can take you through the mundane. But if you want to know the magic of life, you need to transcend logic.
  52. The process of yoga is to see how to go beyond the mind. Only when you are beyond the content of the mind can you really be yourself.
  53. Life is not about what you have, what you wear, where you live, or who is around you. It is about the profoundness of your experience.
  54. Spiritual process is not a change of attitude or behavior but of fundamental change in the way you think, feel and Experience life.
  55. The purpose of existence is to exist. It is too fantastic to be stymied by meaning of any sort.
  56. If your idea of success is just about being ahead of others, you will definitely not explore the full potential of who you are.
  57. The greatest contribution that you can do to all around you is, make yourself into a wonderful Human Being.
  58. Every life is possibility. If you wan to keep that possibility open, never ever form an opinion of any sort on anyone.
  59. It is very important that everyone understands economic activity is toward our well-being. It is not a goal by itself.
  60. Shiva means "that which is not." Nothingness is the basis of existence and the fundamental quality of the cosmos.
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Builder - A Story About the Life We Build for Ourselves

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He world miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in this work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "My gift to you."

What a shock! What a same! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none to well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and choices you make today.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Good Cooks by Charlotte Mansfield

When my son was 11 years old, he got a small job helping out with a traveling carnival white it was in our town.
He didn't come home at lunch time, phoning instead to tell me he was fine and had found a few days work helping out an exhibit. He turned up for supper as usual however after he finished work.

I asked him how he had managed at lunch and he told me he had made some new friends at the carnival, some young men who were twin brothers, and their mom and dad. They had  paid him a few dollars and invited him for lunch in return for helping them set up their exhibit and wanted him to return the next day to help with other chores.

I was glad he had found new friends but a little apprehensive about the type of people that might be traveling in a carnival.

"Oh Mom, these are just normal everyday people like anyone else. They just work at a carnival instead of in a store or something. Come down tomorrow and meet them yourself," he said.

So the next day I went to the carnival and to the exhibit he had directed me to. The twin brothers turned out to be Siamese twins, joined at the chest.

He hadn't thought this fact was noteworthy enough to mention. When I brought it to him he said, "Yes, I noticed that too. Do you know that their mom has to make all their clothes because it's so difficult to find anything to fit them? They're also really good cooks. Today, Joe, the one on the right, made me spaghetti for lunch."

 What others see first in a person (or person) is not what a child considers important.

Where I saw Siamese twins, he saw people having difficulty buying clothes that fit, and young men who were good cooks.

It was a lesson I have thought about many times over the years.    

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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Right Question by Joseph B Walker

There were a thousand reasons not to stop. I was running late for a very important...well, whatever it was that I was running late for that day. The freeway was busy -- I might have caused an accident or something. Surely the Highway Patrol would be along soon, and it's their job to help stranded motorists, isn't it? And I had on my navy blue suit, with a light blue shirt and a silk tie. Not exactly car-fixing clothes, you know? 
Let's see -- that makes 1,004 reasons not to stop and here's 1,005: I am the world's auto mechanic. Public enemy No.1 on the AAA's ten most wanted list. Mr. Whatsa Wrench.

The first time I tried to change my car's oil myself I did fine -- until I forgot to put the new oil in. The boys down at the garage had a big laugh over that one. The next time, I remembered to put in the new oil only I put it in transmission. That triggered a letter from the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Chrysler's. They suggested I get a horse.   

Don't get me wrong. I'm not feeling sorry for myself. God has given me other talents to use for the benefit of mankind. But I'm not sure how much it would have helped that lady whom was stranded by the side of the freeway if I would have pulled over and belched on cue. So I didn't pull over. I drove on by, just like hundreds of other drivers on the freeway that day and I felt guilty about it. So I turned off at the next exit and made my way back to see if I could at least give her a lift or something. But by the time I got back to her, an Hispanic gentleman had pulled in behind her, and was tinkering away at her car's engine like he knew what he was doing. 

"Is there anything I can do to help?" I asked.

"No, thank you," the lady replied. "This nice man says he can fix it." At that moment, a voice from under the hood shouted: "OK, try it now!" The woman reached for the key and turned it. The engine started beautifully. 

"It was your serpentine belt," the man explained, wiping his hands on his pants. "It slipped off. It's pretty worn. You want to take that to a mechanic, get a new one put on."

The woman tried to give the freeway Samaritan some money, but he declined and waved as she drove off. It wasn't until we started walking toward our cars that I noticed he had five more reasons not to stop than I did; his family was sitting in the station wagon, waiting patiently. "Do you stop and help people like this often?" I asked.

He shrugged. "Somebody has to," he said. "What's she going to do if nobody helps?" and for him, that was reason enough.

In his final sermon, given the night before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took as his text the Biblical parable of the God Samaritan. In the story, a man is attacked by thieves and left by the roadside. Several travelers happen upon him, but they pass by. Eventually, someone does stop to help, although it is the one person who might have had a reason not to. He is a Samaritan and the victim is a Jew. Those folks didn't get along any better back then than they do now. According to Dr. King, whose who passed by the injured man were asking themselves the wrong question: If I help this man, what will happen to me?"

The Good Samaritan stopped to help because he asked the right question: "If I don't help this man, what will happen to him?" Dr. King spent a lifetime asking the right question. If we truly want to honor him, then we need to ask ourselves that question, too. No matter how many reasons we may think we have not do. 

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jenny's Beautiful Pearls Necklace

Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty five-year-old girl.

One day when she and her mother were checking out a the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace priced at $2.50. How she wanted that necklace, and when she asked her mother if she would buy it for her, her mother said, "Well, it is a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I'll tell you what. I'll buy you the necklace, and when we get home we can make up a list of chores that you can do to pay for the necklace.
And don't forget that for your birthday Grandma just might give you a whole dollar bill, too. Okay?" Jenny agreed, and her mother bought the pearl necklace for her. 

Jenny worked on her chores very hard every day, and sure enough, her grandma gave her a brand new dollar bill for her birthday. Soon Jenny had paid off the pearls. How jenny loved those pearls. She wore them everywhere to kindergarten, bed and when she went out with her mother to run errands. The only time she didn't wear them was in the shower. He mother had told her that they would turn her neck green! 

Now jenny had a very loving daddy. When Jenny went to bed, he would get up from his favorite chair every night and read Jenny her favorite story.

One night when he finished the story, he said, "Jenny, do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you," the little girl said.

"Well, then, give me your pearls."

"Oh! Daddy, not my pearls!" Jenny said. "But you can have Rosy, my favorite doll. Remember her? You gave her to me last year for my birthday and you can have her tea party outfit, too. Okay?"

"Oh no, darling, that's okay." Her father brushed her cheek with a kiss. "Good night, little one."

A week later, her father once again asked Jenny after her story, "Do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you."

"Well, then, give me your pearls."

"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls! But you can have Ribbons, my toy horse. Do you remember her? She's my favorite. Her hair is so soft, and you can play with it and braid it and everything. You can have Ribbons if you want her, "Daddy," the little girl said to her father.

"No, that's okay," her father said and brushed her cheek again with a kiss. God bless you, little one. Sweet dreams."

Several days later, when Jenny's father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lip was trembling. "Here, Daddy,' she said, and held out her hand. She opened it and her beloved pearl necklace was inside. She let it slip into her father's hand, then knuckled the tears from her eyes.

With one hand her father held the plastic pearls and the other he pulled out of his pocket a blue velvet box. Inside of the box were real, genuine, beautiful pearls. He had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap stuff so he could give her real thing.

And so it is with your Heavenly Father. He is waiting for you to surrender the cheap stuff that your flesh so adores, so that He can replace it with the beautiful and eternal treasures of the spirit. Got a fake necklace? Trade it in today!

(Jesus said...) "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Mt 6.19-21)

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Million Dollar Smile by Roger Dean Kiser

Each year this organization of men came to the Children's Home Society Orphanage. 

All the boys and girls would get two dollars each. The men would take us in groups of five to downtown Jacksonville, Florida, to do some Christmas shopping.

I remember going with this one gentleman three years in a row. He would take us shopping, then he would ask us if we wanted to go to the movies. I remember watching him closely when we got to the theater. I watched him as he pulled out his wallet to pay for our tickets. He looked over at me and just smiled with his great big smile. During the movie he bought us all the popcorn and candy that we wanted. I remember thinking how wonderful it was that someone would spend their own money on someone like us.


We all laughed at the funny movie and had a really good time. The man would laugh really hard and then he would pat me on the top of the head. Then he would laugh really hard again and reach over and rustle my hair.I would just look at him, and he would just keep smiling with his great big wonderful smile.

That trip to the movies was the first time in my life that I ever felt as if someone really cared about me. It was a wonderful feeling which I have never forgotten, even to this day, decades later. I don't know if that men felt sorry for me, but I do know this: If I ever win the big lottery, that man will find out that he carried a million-dollar smile.

This is why I believe it is so important that organizations and clubs, such as the Shriner's and Jaycees, continue to reach out and help the children who are less fortunate. In my particular case, it was this one man's personal act of kindness that will be remembered for years to come. Just one little simple act of kindness.   

It is these little-tiny acts that will insure that when some confused child goes off the deep end one day, he or she will forever remember that small glimmer of kindness that was shown to them by someone. That little speck of hope, that little dim light of goodness that will forever be stuck somewhere in the far reaches of their confused mind.

I thank you, kind Sir, for a memory which I now share with my children and grandchildren fifty years later. 

Happiness is one of the valuable goal of our lives. How to get this kind of Million Dollar Smile? If we are considerate, genuine and kind to all people, we may have this kind of smile. Right?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Keep Your Dream

I have a friend named Monty Robert who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced my by saying, "I wan to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go form stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy's high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

"That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. The he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

"He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it into his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, 'See me after class.'

"The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, "Why did I receive an F?"

"The teacher said, 'This is an unrealistic dram for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come form an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you'll have to pay large stud fees. There's no way you could ever do it.' Then the teacher added, "If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade."

"The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do." His father said, 'Look son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.' "Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all."

He stated, "You can keep the F and I'll keep my dream."

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, "I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace." He added, "The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same school teacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week." When the teacher was leaving, he said, "Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kid's dream. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours."

"Don't let anyone steal your drams. Follow your heart, no matter what."   

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Monday, June 24, 2019

The Gift from God by Renne R. Vroman

It was a warm summer day when God placed it in her hands. She trembled with emotion as she saw how fragile it appeared. This was a very special gift that God was entrusting to her. A gift that would one day belong to the world. Until then, He instructed her, she was to be its guardian and protector. The woman said she understood and reverently took it home, determined to live up to the faith God had placed in her.

At first she barely let it out of her sight, protecting it form anything she perceived to be harmful to its well-being; watching with fear in her heart when it was exposed to the environment outside of the sheltered cocoon she had formed around it. But the woman began to realize that she could not shelter it forever. It needed to learn to survive the harsh elements in order to grow strong. So with gentle care she gave it more space to grow... enough to allow it to grow wild and untamed.
One day she became aware of how much the gift had changed. It no longer had a look of vulnerability about it. Now it seemed to glow with strength and steadiness, almost as if it were developing a power within. Month after month she watched as it became stronger and more powerful, and the woman remembered her promise. She knew deep within her heart that her time with the gift was nearing an end.

The inevitable day arrived when God came to take the gift and present it to the world. The woman felt a deep sadness, for she would miss its constant presence in her life. With heartfelt gratitude she thanked God for allowing her the privilege of watching over the precious gift for so many years. Straightening her shoulders, she stood proud, knowing that it was, indeed, a very special gift. One that would add to the beauty and essence of the world around it. And the mother let her child go.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Choice - Story of Wealth, Success and Love

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white boards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said, "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."

"Is the man of the house home ?" they asked. "No," she said, "he's out." "Then we cannot come in," they replied. 

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.

"Go tell them I am home and invite them in!" The woman went out and invited the men in. "We do not go into a house together," they replied. "Why is that?" she wanted to know. One of the old man explained, "His name is Wealth," said pointing to one of his friends, and said, pointing to another one, "He is success, and I am love." then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home."

The Choice - Story of Wealth, Success and Love 

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. He husband was overjoyed. "How nice!" he said. "since that is the case, let us invite wealth. Let him come in and fill our home with wealth!" His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?" Their daughter-in-law was listening from another corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love" Our home will then be filled with love!" "Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband to his wife." Go out and invite Love to be our guest!." The woman went out and asked the three old man, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest." Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and followed him. Surprised the woman asked Wealth and Success: "I only invite Love, why are you coming in?" The old man replied together: " If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would have stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is Wealth and Success!!!"

"Where there is pain, we with you peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubting, we wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through it. Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, we wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength. Where there is fear, we wish you love, and courage."

Peace to all.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Big Rocks of Life

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and to derive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.

As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz," and he pulled out a one gallon wide mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. He also 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 yelled, "Yes". The time management expert replied, "Really?"  He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some of the gravel in and shook the jar causing the pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the class once more if the jar was full.

By this time the class was on to him and said "Probably not."

"Good" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand and started dumping it into the jar. The sand went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked if the jar was full.

"NO!" the class shouted. Once again he said "Good" and grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it into the jar until the jar was filled to the brim.

Then he looked around the room and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is that no matter how full your schedule its, if you try really hard you can always fit some more in."

"NO", the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth is that this illustration teaches us that 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? Time with our loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy 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?

Then, put those in your jar first." 

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