Monday, November 16, 2009

Big Rocks

I am in the luxurious position of spending most of my time doing exactly what I want to do. Of course, there are still toilets to clean, laundry, bills and taxes, but I love my day job and spend my free time riding my bike, cooking good stuff, doing yoga, learning new things, doing calligraphy and hanging with friends and family.

I’ve managed to pull this off in large part by taking to heart the advice I learned years ago from Steven Covey, a guru of many things, including time management. I saw him speak at a large seminar where he did the Big Rocks Demo. With two large empty jars in front of him, he filled the first one completely with small pebbles. Needless to say when he tried to then put a large rock in the jar, it didn’t fit. In the second jar he placed four or five of the large rocks. On top of these he poured in smaller pebbles, then added sand, and finally water so the jar truly was filled to capacity.

The point of the demo was an admonishment to create time in your life for the Big Rocks—the things that are most important. I don’t know what that means specifically for you, but for most people it means time for our family, our health, our spiritual growth, jobs, fun and friends.

Being in the grip of addiction, whether to pills, pot, booze or benzos—robs you of the best life has to offer. It causes you to ‘fill your jar’ with a thousand tiny pebbles, neglecting what’s most important.

Geneen Roth who has written and speaks extensively about her experiences with eating disorders eloquently states, “Until we examine what we really want, we mistake indulgence (in what we think we want) for freedom.”

I urge you to contact The Coleman Institute if you need some assistance in releasing yourself from your addiction to opiates, alcohol or benzodiazepines. Putting your Big Rocks in the jar first is what it’s all about.

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