Rocks and Sand

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I'm pretty sure you've heard the Rocks and Sand priorities talk.

Rocks and Sand Priorities

Quick refresher: If you put in the sand first, you can't get all the rocks in. But you can get everything into the jar if you start with the big rocks and then shake the sand in to fill the gaps. Point being: Start with the big priorities and you can make time for everything.

And if you're a motivational speaker, that's nice.

But if you live in the real world, the analogy isn't all that great. See, we have more than enough to do. Everything does not fit perfectly into the jars of our lives. And, yes, the principle holds true and we must start with the big things, but the fact remains: Some days have too many rocks and the sand is just annoying.

That's how today has felt. To make matters worse, the grains of sand had to be dealt with, and that took away time from some of the larger rocks I wanted to move.

Thankfully, there's always tomorrow.

I've been using a lot of "mom-isms" recently, so I'll add another, "There's always more to do." In other words: You'll never be "done" with everything. So when you're out of time and need to move on, do so.

And so I shall.

See you all tomorrow!

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

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  1. Judy

    And in the words of Elizabeth Elliott ... "do the next thing". Because God has just one next thing for you to do ... and all the others will wait, in His sovereign plan. Though those other things can sure yell pretty loud while they're waiting!


  2. Anne

    ...the sand is just annoying....I like that line.

  3. Annemarie

    I just love your mom. First, for the curriculum that we use and LOVE (being mostly her idea) and second, for being so wise.


  4. Karen (KayKay)

    Great post. Yes, the sand is sometimes just annoying. And sometimes you just don't feel like lifting the rocks and only want to deal with the sand. That's life.

  5. Kim & Dave

    I sooo agree, Luke!

  6. Heather the Mama Duk

    I think that's how my husband feels at work. He'll start working on a rock and some sand has to come and bother him. When I was working before we got married we referred to it as oatmeal because no matter how much we got done, there was that much more left to do.

    I've actually been getting a lot on my list done the last few days and it feels good. Of course we haven't done school due to vacation and then sick little boys and now a sick daughter. But sometimes life happens like that. We're still on track to finish Core 1 in less than 52 weeks.

  7. Luke

    Judy, great tie-in <smile>.

    Anne, I'm gald <smile>.

    Annemarie, amen! <smile>

    Karen, yes, yes it is.

    Kim, I'm always happy for your vote too <smile>.

    Heather, "oatmeal"... I like that. I hope everyone gets well soon, and you manage to not get sick!

    ...bummer, I almost made it through my responses with single line grunts <smile>. I guess I just didn't have much to say, just thanking you all for commenting!