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Nugget # 92 Life lesson from a Pair of Jeans!

6559417-pair-of-jeans-isolated-on-the-white-backgroundHi friends,

First things first…Wishing you all a wonderfully happy New Year! This week I’d like to share a random thought that came to mind as I was ironing a pair of jeans. I just started wondering….when, where and how did jeans ever originate? With a little help from Google, I got the story which inspires me to write today’s nugget.

In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch of his brother’s New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Levi Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, “You should have brought pants!,” saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last. Levi Strauss had the canvas made into waist overalls. Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss substituted a twilled cotton cloth from France called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric later became known as denim and the pants were nicknamed blue jeans after the sailors from Genoa in Italy who first wore them.

One of Levi’s customers was a Reno Nevada- based Latvian tailor by the name of Jacob Davis. He regularly purchased bolts of cloth from the wholesale house of Levi Strauss & Co. Among Jacob’s customers was a difficult man who kept ripping the pockets of the pants that Jacob made for him. Jacob tried to think of a way to strengthen the man’s trousers, and one day hit upon the idea of putting metal rivets at the points of strain. These riveted pants were an instant hit with Jacob’s customers and he along with Levi Strauss co patented the process of putting rivets in pants for strength. On May 20, 1873, they received  US patent no.139,121. That day is now considered to be the official “birthday” of blue jeans.

We can see that what started out as “unwanted” canvas was transformed little by little into “much in demand” pants that is today a staple of everybody’s wardrobe and even a key element in seasonal trends and fashion around the world.

The same thing is applicable to our lives. Very few of us get things on golden platters. For the majority of us, as we surge ahead and face obstacles in life, it is going to be our ability to see the hidden opportunity instead of the glaring impossibility that will actually determine our success. In other words, the trick is not to avoid all mistakes but to see how we can make our mistakes work for us.

lightbulb_idea-1364Nugget of Life : Bertolt Brecht :”Intelligence is not to make no mistakes But quicky to see how to make them good.”

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 91 Life lesson from a Christmas Carol!

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With Christmas right round the corner, this week, I’d like to share with you a nugget inspired by a Christmas Carol. You must be familiar with the song ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’. Click here to watch the RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER MOVIE.

Well, as I listened to the lyrics, it talked about how due to his shiny red nose, all the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names and never let him play in their reindeer games. Until one foggy Xmas eve Santa Claus comes along and asks Rudolph the Reindeer if he could with his shiny red nose guide the sleigh that night! Rudolph’s is overjoyed that his long awaited dream has finally come true!

How very like Rudolph many of us are! There may be certain quirks in us that make us feel odd or out of place with others. Try as we may, we may not be able get rid of them and the truth is that those very quirks are there in every one of us. They are what makes us “us”! Instead of despising them, if we continue to believe in the best of ourselves and dream big, one day that very thing that we felt was our disadvantage/limitation can be turned around into our biggest advantage. Then we will realize thankfully why we had been given that so called “weakness” in our life. Just like it is Rudolph’s shiny red nose (that had initially made him the brunt of many a joke and made him feel so left out in life) which actually helps him to light the way for Santa to ride through the fog, similarly God can take the burden of our life and turn it into a blessing if instead of despising it, we would just surrender it into His All knowing hands.

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Nugget of Life:  “Turn your scars into stars”- Robert H Schuller

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year 2014 ahead!

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 90 Life lesson from a Tom & Jerry Tale!

tom and jerryHi friends,

This week I’d like to share a nugget that came to mind as my son and I watched a Tom and Jerry Cartoon this afternoon. The tale was about a little duckling that happened to read ‘The Ugly Duckling’ story . The duckling seeing that the picture in the book resembled him, becomes very unhappy believing that he too was ugly. The sad little ducky in his grief begins to try different ways to end his life, even walking into the mouth of the greedy cat Tom but is saved over and over and again by the mouse Jerry. The story has a happy ending in which the little duckling meets a female duckling who tells him that he looks cute. Hearing this , the duckling becomes happy as he has found someone who looks just like him and who likes him as he is. In the last scene, both of the ducklings go away to live together happily ever after.

Life lessons :

1)     Often in life we too like that little duckling make certain false assumptions about ourselves based on what we see or hear from others. It often takes a true friend to speak the truth to us.

2)     Many times we may be drifting through this life without having clarity about our purpose. That really drains the joy of our life. We need to search our hearts and then open ourselves to different experiences and try our hand at different things in order to find out what we really enjoy. Our purpose will always lie where our passion is and with what talents we are equipped with. Just like when the little ducky discovered his purpose, there was a spring in his step, in the same way, once we discover our real purpose, our life will be worth the living!

Click here to enjoy the cartoon http://youtu.be/JPCNJOUqb0E

Tweety-01-juneNugget of Life : “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Have a wonderful week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 89 Life lesson from a Snake Story!

Kid riding snakeHi friends,

This week I’d like to share a nugget from a story of a snake I came across through email.

Once upon a time there was a snake who was vicious, snarling, and dangerous. He terrified the villagers, bit the children and scared everyone. But the truth was that the snake sometimes felt lonely and craved companionship.

One day, a wise man wandered into the village. He clearly saw the chaos the snake’s actions had brought. He said to the snake, “ Listen up, snake. You’re not only making the people here unhappy, but you yourself are clearly miserable, so practice some kindness and gentleness to improve the lot of everyone here, including you.” And so the wise man went on his way.

Years later, the wise one happened to pass through that same village again. To his surprise, he saw an inert, passive plaything being kicked about by the children. He realized that this was, in fact, none other than the formally aggressive serpent he’d had words with years before. The snake managed to free himself from his tormentors and slide up to the man.

“Your advice was disastrous!” he hissed faintly. “Practicing gentleness has brought me complete misery! Now I’m used as a toy, laughed at, and taken for granted. I was better off before!”

The old man replied, “You took my advice too literally and without reflection. I said that you shouldn’t bite… but I didn’t say you should never hiss!”

In our life too, in order to be happy and fulfilled, we may have to maintain a balance between being too aggressive and being a door mat. And the right word for that is to be Assertive! It helps to remember that ‘there is strength in our diferences and there is comfort where we overlap!’

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Nugget of Life: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”- Dita Von Teese.  So, go ahead and  just be you! :)

Have a wonderful week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 88 Life lesson from a Jammed Finger !

550px-Treat-a-Broken-Finger-Step-4Bullet2Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share a nugget that came to mind as I nursed my bruised finger.

Last Saturday, I accidentally jammed my ring finger as I was hurrying into a supermarket elevator. My finger turned pale and it pained me. So we went to the orthopedist who suggested an X-ray which confirmed no broken bones, but only a slight injury to the soft tissue on my knuckle.

Relieved to hear that, I went with the nurse who taped my injured finger to the unhurt finger next to it. This process is called buddy taping where we use the unaffected finger as a splint to keep the injured finger from moving too much and aggravating the injury.

Later, on reaching home, as I tried to do my daily chores, I was finding it difficult to move my finger since it had been taped to the other one. But that made me draw a paralell to our ordinary everyday lives.

Many times in life we may get jammed or injured and at that time if we ignore our hurt and just go on as if nothing happened, later in the long run, we will have to face the dire consequences of a serious damage due to neglect. Just like in the case of the injury we used a buddy splint, in our real life situations also, when hurt, the right move will be to open up to a buddy/persons we can trust and pray with. We may also brainstorm with them about how we can solve the issue. If nothing else, we will be able to experience a few moments of temporary relief at least instead of carrying the heavy load ourselves.

Just like in the case of my finger, we will remove the buddy tape when the swelling and pain have subsided and the finger is healed. Similarly, after some time, when we have drawn enough strength and courage, we will be able to move ahead more confidently in our life.

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Nugget of Life: “None of us can ever save himself; we are the instruments of one another’s salvation, and only by the hope that we give to others do we lift ourselves out of the darkness into light.” – Dean Koontz

PS: My finger is healed and I have removed the buddy splint! : )

Have a blessed week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 87 Life is a Process!

1Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share the importance of understanding one word and that is “PROCESS”. For the people of today’s generation, the word may be quite familiar with food processors which speed up our cooking , however the nugget I’d like to share talks about process in the opposite sense. Let me explain this with the help of an easily understood illustration. Consider a woman who just finds out she is pregnant, she is overjoyed and shares the good news with her loved ones. Some moments of pure bliss but as days and weeks go by, there comes the nausea and the tiredness and the vomiting and the aches and pains and suddenly it doesn’t all seem so much fun. So what does she do? Well, there is nothing else she can do but continue and let the process go on. As long as she goes on doing what she has to do, eating right, exercising right, taking her supplements and going for her regular check ups, the baby in her will grow healthier and then after her wait of 9 months, will come her moment of joy when she can finally hold the newborn baby in her hands.

The time and the sacrifices and the pain she undergoes will only make her baby more precious to her. The same thing applies to us in our life. All of us have to go through different processes in life and just like the lady, not every stage may be desirable, we need to stick with it and go through each stage with full cooperation in order to reach where we want to or get what we want. Some of us may have a dream that may seem in no way attainable as of today but if we consistently work towards smaller goals in that direction we will in the long run after having overcome many milestones, finally be able to reach where we once dreamt of reaching.

Friend, what is it that you would like to do or become in your wildest dream? Remember, you need to go through the process, every day should draw you nearer to your dream. Even when you feel like you haven’t achieved much , consistently keep trying to do more each day and one day you will find yourself living your dream.

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Nugget of Life : Keep on keeping on!

“Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort and letting it be there until some light returns.”-Anne Lamott

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 86 Life lesson from the movie “YES MAN”

3CF_Yes-Man-Jim-CarreyHi friends,

This week I’d like to share a real life enricher that I came across while I watched the movie ‘YES Man’ (starring Jim Carrey) roughly based on the book “YES MAN” by Danny Wallace. The story is about a bank loan officer Carl Allen who leads his life with a totally negative outlook and says ‘NO’ to practically everything in his life. The turning point comes when an old colleague of his introduces him to a ‘YES’ Seminar and he now has to say ‘YES’ to everything in his life. With no other option, he goes ahead and starts saying ‘YES’ and thus begins to live his life to the fullest by experiencing things in his life that he would otherwise never have known.

Here is the link to the movie trailer : http://youtu.be/uRv4CoXQoAQ

Now the question is “What if we began to say YES to every opportunity that came up in our life? Of course, being realistic and keeping a balance is also important (which is mentioned in the movie too). But what if we stopped procrastinating by thinking ourselves out of things and instead started saying YES to more in our life? Personally, I noticed that many times when called to do things out of the normal routine, even though I know I should do it, my perfectionistic tendency either made me postpone the thing or altogether drop the idea after toying with it for some time. However, when I started giving myself no other option but a ‘YES’, I began to find joy in accomplishing EXTRA things by embracing the invitations of life. In the long run, this in turn enables us to actually grow beyond what we can think or imagine. It is allowing ourselves to be in alignment with all the good things that God wants for us. That definitely makes life more adventurous and challenging! Isn’t that what living life to its fullest is all about?

“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.”- Eric Schmidt

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Nugget of Life: SAY YES TO LIFE!

“When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, “Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!” –Jeffrey R Anderson 

Have an adventurous week!

Cheers,                                         

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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