Posts Tagged ‘priorities’

What Are You Investing In?

August 7, 2013


In a talk at the annual Self-Realization Fellowship Convocation today, Brother Bhumananda spoke of the folly of investing so much time and attention in the care of the body.

He used the analogy of a banker telling a customer, “We don’t know when it will happen—it could be ten years, twenty years or forty years—but one day everything will (more…)

Was It Worth It?

June 18, 2010

To shift your priorities from doing to being, look beyond your “To Do” list and create a “To Be” list. Begin it by writing down the qualities your ideal self would possess. Perhaps your list includes such traits as being loving, kind, nurturing, generous, honest, and reliable. Monitor your behavior and train yourself to stop thinking, saying, or doing anything not in harmony with your vision.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

Imagine yourself evolving and gradually embodying these qualities. Challenge yourself to (more…)

Rocks, Pebbles and Sand

September 14, 2008

I like this story a lot. It’s a great metaphor with a powerful message about time management and priorities.



jar-of-rocksA philosophy professor stood before his class with some items in front of him. When class began, he wordlessly picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles, poured them into the jar and lightly shook it. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed. He asked his students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.