Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Example is not always better than precept

Baba Gyani Triviani asked:
"It is important to learn the right lesson"

Some times, we tell things with an intention, but we end up giving a different idea to the listeners. Let me tell you two small stories. Read it till the end...

A time management guru was speaking to a group of type "A" personalities. He placed a wide-mouth gallon jar on the table in front of him. Next to the jar was a collection of fist-sized rocks. He carefully filled the jar with the big rocks, until he could fit no more.

He asked the group, "Is the jar full?"

Everyone responded, "Yes."

He then pulled a large bowl of gravel from under the table and proceeded to pour the gravel into the jar. The gravel fit into the spaces between the rocks. He again queried, "Is the jar full?"

"Probably not," was the group's reply.

He reached for another bowl, this one filled with sand. He dumped the sand into the jar. The sand filled the spaces not taken by the rocks and the gravel. Once more, he asked, "Is the jar full?"

"No," everyone agreed.

Finally, he reached for a pitcher of water and poured water into the jar until it was filled to the top. The time management guru looked at the group and asked, "What is the point of my illustration?"

One man replied, "That no matter how full your schedule is, you can always fit one more thing into it."

"No!" the guru responded.

The point of this illustration is, "If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all!"

Whatever was his perspective, the following is mine...
The buses are the big rocks. They occupy all the space. And when you think we are running out of space, cars and autos fill the rest... And if you think that's all, two-wheelers fill out all the nooks and crannies like water. And that's why traffic is organised the way it is.

Another funny story someone told me was the following...
A teacher wanted to show the ill effects of alcohol. So, he brought two beakers to class - one with water and one with alcohol. He put a worm each in the beakers. The one in the alcohol squirmed and died soon, but the one in the water was happily alive. The teacher asked what the students learnt at which, a student said - If you consume alcohol, all the worms in your stomach will die.

Thus, ensure that you drive your points home well :-)

1 comment:

navaneethn91 said...

Great one!!
Means a lot even practically:))