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人生的大石头

作者:admin 发表于:2017-05-29   点击: 评论: 0

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

  As he stood in front of the group of overachievers1 he said, “OK, time for a quiz.” He pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth 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 gravel2. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, “Is this jar full?”

  By this time the class was on to 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 the jar and it went into all of 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 pitcher3 of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim4. Then he looked 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 in 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? Time with your loved ones, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring5 others. Remember to put these big rocks in first or you’ll never get them in at all.”

  

  一天,一位时间安排方面的专家与一个小组的学生谈话,用一个生动的例子让学生明白了一个难以忘记的道理。

  站在一群高材生面前,专家说道,“好,现在是测验的时间”。他拿出了一个容量为一加仑的广口坛子,并放在他前面的桌子上。他又拿出了一打拳头大小的石块,并小心地把它们一个一个地放进坛子里。当坛子被填满,不能再填进任何一块石头时,他问道,“坛子满了吗?”

  大家喊道:“是的”。时间安排专家回答道,“真的吗?”他从桌子底下拿出了一桶石渣。他向坛子里倒了些石渣并晃了晃坛子,石渣的碎块沉下去落入了石块的缝隙中。他再次问大家,“坛子满了吗?”

  这一次全班的人都注视着他。“大概没有”,他们中的一个回答道。“好!”他回答道。他又从桌子下面拿出了一桶沙子。他开始向坛子里倾到沙子,沙子进入到岩石和石渣之间的全部剩余空间里。他再次问道,“坛子满了吗?”

  “没有!”全班都喊道。他再一次说道,“好”。然后他拿起一个大水罐,开始向坛子里倾倒,直到坛子被填满到了坛子边缘。然后他看看大家,问道,“这个例子要证明什么呢?”一名学生积极举手回答道,“无论你的日程是多么满,如果你努力,能够做更多的事情!”

  “不是,”专家回答道,“要证明的不是这一点。这个例子要教会我们的是,如果你不首先放入大石块,你就不可能把它们装进去。什么是人生的大石头?与你爱的人共度的时间、你的教育、你的梦想、值得付出的事业、教学或者指导他人?记住首先放入这些大石块,否则你就不可能把它们装进去。”

  

  注释:

  ①overachiever n.高成就者

  ②gravel n.[总称]砂砾,砾[碎]石;粗砂

  ③pitcher n.有把的大罐

  ④brim n.(杯、碗等的)边

  ⑤mentor v.指导,辅导

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