时间:2022-1-15 作者:星沙英语网



大石块The big rocks

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. He then 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 the jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes."

一天,一名时间管理专家在对一群学习商业的学生讲话时,为了论证一个论点,他用了一个令学生们永远难忘的 表述方式。站在这群出类拔萃的学生面前,他说:“来,做个小测试。”他拿出一个一加仑的广口玻璃瓶,放在他们面前的桌上。接着他拿出一小堆拳头大小的石块,小心翼翼、一块一块地放进瓶子里。等石块装满到瓶子,再也塞不下时,他问:“瓶子满了吗?”大家都说:“满了。”

He replied, "Really?"


He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel, then dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks.


He asked the group once more, "Is the 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 the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question,"Is the jar full?"


"No!" the class shouted.


Once again he said, "Good!"


Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?" One eager student raised her 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!"

然后他又拿出一大罐水往瓶子里倒,一直倒到水升到瓶口高。他看着学生们问“这个演示说明了什么?”一个学生急忙举手说:“说 明了:不管时间安排得多紧,只要你想办法,总是可以见缝插针地做更多的事情。”

"Good answer, but no," the speaker replied, "that’s not my 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? In my life they are my children… my wife… my loved ones… my education… my dreams… charities and worthy causes… teaching or mentoring others… doing things that I love… time for myself… my health… Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all."

“回答得好,不过,”专家说:“这不是我想说的。这个例子告诉我们一个事实:如果你不是先放大石块,以后 它们就永远摆不进去。你生活中的‘大石块’是什么呢?在我的生活中,那就是我的孩子、妻子、所爱的人、学习、梦想、善行和有价值的事业、教导他人、做我喜欢做的事、留给自己的时间、健康,等等。要记住,必须先放“大石块”,否则它们永远放不进去。”

If you sweat the little stuff then you’ll fill your life with little things to worry about that don’t really matter, and you’ll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big,important stuff:the big rocks.



错过的祝福 The Missed Blessings

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.


As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" He then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.


Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family, but realizing his father was very old, he thought perhaps he should go to see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make the arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.


When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he was reading, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words… "PAID IN FULL".


How many times do we miss blessings because they are not packaged as we expected? Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.


Sometimes we don't realize the good fortune we have or we could have because we expect "the packaging" to be different. What may appear as bad fortune may in fact be the door that is just waiting to be opened.



生活的一课A Lesson for Living

"Everything happens for the best," my mother said whenever I faced disappointment. "If you carry on, one day something good will happen. And you'll realize that it wouldn't have happened if not for that previous disappointment."


Mother was right, as I discovered after graduating from college in 1932. I had decided to try for a job in radio, then work my way up to sports announcer. I hitchhiked to Chicagoand knocked on the door of every station – and got turned down every time.


In one studio, a kind lady told me that big stations couldn't risk hiring an inexperienced person. "Go out in the sticks and find a small station that'll give you a chance," she said.


I thumbed home toDixon,Illinois. While there was no radio-announcing jobs inDixon, my father said Montgomery Ward had opened a store and wanted a local athlete to manage its sports department. SinceDixonwas where I had played high school football, I applied. The job sounded just right for me. But I wasn't hired.

我搭车来到家乡 My Hometown'>我的家乡,那是伊利诺斯州的迪克森。在迪克森当时还没有电台播音员这样的工作,父亲说,蒙哥马利·沃德开了一家新商店,想雇请一个本地的运动员管理店里的体育部。我中学时曾在迪克森打过橄榄球,出于这个原因我去申请了这份工作。工作听起来挺适合我的,但是我没被聘用。

My disappointment must have shown. "Everything happens for the best," Mom reminded me. Dad offered me the car to job hunt. I tried WOC Radio inDavenport,Iowa. The program director, a wonderful Scotsman named Peter MacArthur, told me they had already hired an announcer.


As I left his office, my frustration boiled over. I asked aloud, "How can a fellow get to be a sports announcer if he can't get a job in a radio station?"


I was waiting for the elevator when I heard MacArthur calling, "What was that you said about sports? Do you know anything about football?" Then he stood me before a microphone and asked me to broadcast an imaginary game.


On my way home, as I have many times since, I thought of my mother's words: "If you carry on, one day something good will happen. Something wouldn't have happened if not for that previous disappointment."


I often wonder what direction my life might have taken if I'd gotten the job at Montgomery Ward.


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