Nugget # 122 Life is like a game of Badminton!

Hi friends,

Today as I watched my kids and their cousins play badminton, a few thoughts came to mind. Sharing them with you.

  1. Introduction – In the game, we serve the shuttle cock to the person in the opposite court and he returns it back. In life too, we meet people for the first time and say Hi or give a hand shake to the person and they return the handshake.
  2. Time is a deciding factor- As the game progresses, we see more exchanges , sometimes the shuttlecock falls to the ground and we have to pick it up and continue the game. Sometimes we lose, sometimes we win but the game continues. Similarly in life, we have ups and downs but we still continue until our time is up!
  3. We have a choice – Some days may not be good for us , we may be distracted or we may be tired and we can choose whether to play on or to take a break and come back to play another day for a fresh game. In life too if we observe there could be many reasons why a person would prefer to make some space for both parties. On some days we could just stop and pick up from where we left on another day when we feel better.
  4. More to the game than just winning points– I don’t know about others but to some of us ,the points we earn as the game continues really don’t matter as much as the exercise and the camaraderie. Do we play to win or do we play to be happy?
  5.  Failure is inevitable–. If we play a game, there is no doubt that we lose some and we win some. The really  important part of the game is the participation and the learning that we take back with us. There may be some games where we fail just like some friendships change with time or maybe differences of opinion. We slowly learn that we can go through life without them , maybe we become a bit wiser by learning from them.
  6.  Conclusion – At the end of the day, when its all been said and done, there is just one thing that matters; “Did I give it my best?’ And if the answer is Yes, then we can conclude that is what really matters!

Nugget of Life-  “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible!”- Frank L Gaines

Have an exciting week!


Sparky laurie

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Nugget #121 Life lessons from a dear friend!

Hi friends,

Hope this post finds you all in the best of health and spirits. Its after a long while that I am able to share something. Exactly last year this day I lost a very dear friend of mine, (let’s just call her ‘S’) who passed away due to a stroke. She was just like an elder sister to me. Anything I went through I could share with her and she would always see me through, rather pray me through it . There was always an understanding ….even after a long gap, we would meet and connect as if we had never been away. Whenever she called , there was always a chuckle in her voice as she called me by my name…Till today her chuckle haunts me and sometimes I just feel as if this is all just a bad dream and she would call me and  we could just pick up from where we left.

We had met in Church when her son and my son had become friends and we mothers just smiled at each other and that was our first introduction and the beginning of a life long friendship.

Life lessons :

I’d like to share some lessons that I have gathered from her life over the years of our friendship!

  1. Life is a wonderfully gift- wrapped present and never let fear nor inexperience keep you from unwrapping it! Otherwise you would never enjoy the gift in all its fullness.- She always used to tell me – “Hey ! Laurie I was just a small town girl when I came to this place but how much I have learned over the years!”
  2. Use every talent you have – ‘S’ always spent every waking moment doing something creative with the manifold talents that God had so graciously bestowed on her. An artist, a singer, a speaker, a Bible- study teacher , a wonderful cook, a compassionate person and best of all a wonderful smile for anyone who needed it!
  3. Time is precious!-  I have yet to find a person who was so conscious of time that she actually divided time into small segments. She knew how to prioritize her time so well its as if she knew that time was short and she squeezed every moment to be a blessing to her family and friends.
  4. An Animal lover- It was about 1 month before she left us that her pet dog Duke had left them and she was so sad about it ,she sent me a video about dear Dukes life!
  5. Honesty- She is one of those few people who know how to be refreshingly honest! She would tell us the truth whether we liked it or not but also never in a blunt or unkind way. For her, every person was a soul who needed God. She was one person who always used to cheer me on whenever I wrote a new post. ‘S’ would encourage my writing for the Glory of God.
  6. An Intercessor– ‘ S’ was that kind of person who devoted a great deal of her time in praying for others. Anything that I went through I could share with her and she would go to God with that matter on her knees and pray for it as if it was something for herself. Later when the matter was resolved we would forget but she would remember and ask how that matter was. Such was her sincerity and earnestness in prayer.
  7.  Yes to all the Opportunities that came her way-  No matter what it was, whether big or small, given a chance she would do her best in the given circumstances. I still remember how when I was going through a tough time, she came through for me and even spent time teaching me from the Bible.
  8.  Discipline-‘ S’ always used to study voraciously from the Word. When I commended her for being such a diligent student, she just said simply “ Laurie, now I have the time to deposit the Word in me , I don’t know about later so I will do the most I can now.”
  9. Simplicity and Humility– In this world, where glitz and glamour is what the vast majority of people are after, she came across as someone so simple and humble and yet so classy and tasteful in all that concerned her.

I could go on and on forever but I’d like to end with my favorite  quality or life lesson ‘S’ taught me in her 47 years.

10. Loyalty- This is particularly a quality that one rarely finds especially in today’s use -and -throw culture …where we find absolutely no faithfulness or devotion to anything. In order to explain this quality better, I’d like to share the life-changing lesson that ‘S’ taught me.   As we were quite close, there was frequent communication between us, either through messages or calls or emails or in person but somewhere along the way, she became busy and I felt forgotten. This hurt me and in spite of my repeated calls or messages, I couldn’t get things back to the way they were. So one evening, I called her up in anger and told her Goodbye and that I was going to delete her number from my contacts. Her response startled me and brings tears to my eyes even today as I am typing this. She simply said “Laurie, if you want to delete me, you can but I will never delete you and I will always keep loving you and praying for you.” – Now that’s love and loyalty. So now , I still believe especially when things in life go bad , that she’s there somewhere out there praying to the Lord for me and then suddenly everything seems alright!

I’d like to end my eulogy to my dearest ‘S’ with this song “We’ll meet again!” because we believe to meet again in Heaven someday. This song is dedicated to her :

Nugget of Life: “ When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I could not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”- Erma Bombeck

Have a wonderful week!


Sparky laurie

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Posted by on November 3, 2021 in Uncategorized


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Nugget #120 Life lesson from little N!

bath-toysHi friends,

As we are all going thru the Corona Pandemic I wish you all are well and safe. Just thought of sharing an inspirational moment with my little boy while he was in his bath. Eureka…. comes at times when you least expect it ! I hope it inspires you as it did me.

This afternoon as I called my 5 year old son for a bath, he ran in just the opposite direction to collect his floating toys. I impatiently called out to him & started his bath. He quickly put his toys in the tub and started playing with them ; eyes twinkling and chattering away. As I quickly finished off his bath and was ready to dry him up, I heard him squeal … “Oh Mama , you just missed it. You missed the magic…. Never mind, I’ll show you next time!”…. Immediately I felt a sense of loss as I realized what had just happened. Though physically I was with him, my mind was no where in the bath room with my child. I then realized that this had been happening to me all day long. I had been rushing the whole time. Surely, I was doing the task in hand but in reality my mind was a million miles away ….sometimes focused on the next thing I had to do.

As I dressed my son, I stopped for a moment and made an effort to intentionally listen to what he was saying – with all of my senses. I breathed slowly…. I savored the moment and truth be told, I actually felt relieved. As my son had mentioned, I tried to capture the magic in the moment. One word came to me…. MINDFULNESS; the life lesson that my little boy had taught me. ‘To be present in the moment and cherish it fully lest a moment’s carelessness causes us to miss the magic of the moment! ‘ 🙂


cheers-emojiNugget of Life : “Wherever you are, be there totally!”- Eckhart Tolle


Sparky Laurie


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Nugget #119 Life lesson from a Clock!

images (1)Hi friends,

This morning, getting the kids ready for school, I glanced up at the clock and panicked! It showed 8.40 am and still having a few more things to do urgently, I hurried up confused and wondering how time had so quickly passed! After dropping off the kids, I glanced at the time on my mobile and then at the wall clock. Surprised , I realized that the wall clock had been running 20 minutes faster than the actual time. That made me exclaim out aloud….”this clock had confused me by not fulfilling its purpose” ….(which is to tell the time correctly.) And that’s how this nugget came to mind! 🙂

The clock is something we find in every house and we have all experienced times when it either runs too slow or too fast or just stops working, the same thing applies to our life too. We all have a purpose in life. Purpose indicates much more than our career,family or business, ambitions etc. Purpose may be defined as the reason for existence of a particular person or thing. No matter how costly or how ornate the clock, the purpose of the clock was never just to look cute hanging there on the wall, its real purpose is to tell us the correct time so that we can adjust our activities accordingly.There’s an element of trust also that we place in the clock and its function.


In his book ‘THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE’, Rick Warren mentions that Our Purpose always deals with our service to God & others. Unlike the usual self-help books which make us focus inwards, this book states that Our life’s Purpose is always much bigger than our self and focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. “None of us is an accident. We are all made by God and for God and until we understand this, life will never make sense.”

When connected with our Purpose, we will be totally energized to use our talents and skill set to be a light and will brighten the corner where we are! Live your life on Purpose!

writing-smiley Nugget of Life: “A Life without Cause is a Life without Effect!”- Paulo Coleho


Sparky Laurie


Nugget# 118 Life lessons from an ATM machine!

images (14)Hi friends,

Hope you are doing fine. This nugget came to me quite recently when I went to withdraw money from an ATM machine. I inserted the card and waited for further instruction so that I could complete my transaction. However, there was no response from the machine no matter how many times I tried in different ways. I then left the kiosk sadly wondering whether I had made some mistake. I returned to my car and told my father what had happened.Immediately without missing a beat,he suggested to try the other ATM bank located nearby. I was suddenly filled with new hope and walking into the kiosk entered my pin number. I was delighted to hear the instant whirring of the machine and watch the money come through in different denominations exactly as I wanted it. I collected the money and stepped out happily. Any guesses about my choice of ATM machine next time I needed one? Definitely the second choice had become my first choice in a matter of moments. Let’s see how we could apply this to our life.

1) In our journey of life , we meet different kinds of people for the first time and sometimes no matter how hard we try,we simply cannot go ahead with that relationship since there’s no proper response from the other side. Sometimes we just have to walk out without guilt or condemnation that we have not done enough to make that relationship work.

2) We should not keep ourselves so deep in thought about the previous relationship that we miss out on the better oportunities just next to us. In my experience with the ATM, deep in thought i missed noticing the nearby ATM kiosk. Fortunately , my father pointed it out to me. Sometimes in life however, there may not be anyone to point out to us and we may just miss the golden opportunity that was awaiting us. Thus, in life too we must always keep an open mind and  be optimistic so that we do not miss out on any further chances in life to accomplish our (3)

3) The second ATM machine  not only gave me money but presented it to me in sufficient smaller denominations so that I wouldn’t have to go through the difficulty of obtaining change later on. Similarly in life , sometimes we come across people who not only accept our friendship but also go the extra mile to make sure that we too are happy in the relationship. Such friends are the best kind of friends. They are the ones we treasure the most in life.
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Nugget of Life : “Many people will walk in and out of your life,but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

Have an awesome week,






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Nugget# 117 Life lessons from Chacha Nehru!

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Hi friends,

Hope you are fine. Today ( Nov 14th) is celebrated as Children’s Day in India. It is the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ( India’s first Prime Minister) ,more fondly called Chacha Nehru as the favorite uncle to children all across India. He often wore a rose on his jacket.Some say that he began to do so from the day a child pinned one on him.He thought of each child as a light of the future of the country.He would meet thousands of children at rallies in Delhi.He received handmade birthday cards from children in Jaipur and would send back thank you notes signed in person.Such was the love he had for children.Children’s Day continues to be celebrated to increase awareness of rights, care and education of children.It is celebrated on different dates in different parts of the world.

Pandit Nehru was a great champion for introducing the English language in schools and colleges in India.He is one of the few at that time to receive foreign education.He was also a great philosopher and writer. He once remarked,  ” Life is like a game of cards.The hand you are dealt is determinism,the way you play it is free will.”- Nehru

Just like in a game of cards,we are handed over 7- 10 cards depending on the number of players, we have no choice but to play with the cards that life has handed over to us.We cannot change it, but the choice to make the best of it and to win depends on us alone. Similarly in life, we can make the most of what life has dealt us with and with a positive attitude we can play to win.

images (12)Nugget of Life: ” What we are is God’s gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.”- Eleanor Powell

Happy Children’s Day!


Sparky Laurie




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Posted by on November 14, 2018 in LIFE LESSONS, Uncategorized


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Nugget #116 Life lessons from God’s own country!

images (8)Hi friends,

Hope you are all fine. This is a post I’ve been postponing for a bit now simply coz I do not have the words to express the extreme anguish,pain & suffering of the people in Kerala who are suffering from floods. Heavy, incessant  rains during the monsoon season  are not something new to the Keralites. The present crisis however is said to have been caused due to a myriad of reasons : one being the low pressure area developed in the Bay of Bengal,another being the simultaneous opening of shutters  of many dams raising the levels of water thus flooding  the residential areas in the neighborhood. Landslides caused due to deforestation and unscientific construction of buildings near the course of the river has been the cause of destruction to people and property of many in those areas.

One look at the morning paper or listening to the news is sufficient to bring tears to anyone’s eyes. Separated families, orphaned children, lakhs of  people in the relief camps waiting for food, clothing and medicine.Roads transformed into water bodies causing people to wade in knee deep water and boats replacing cars and buses. Many people on the terrace of their houses watching and calling out for help to the Rescue and Relief helicopters hovering around on the lookout for those stranded in the deluge affected areas.

Following are 5 lessons we could learn from the floods in Kerala Aug 2018:

1) Be safe than sorry- In life many times there may be instances when well wishers /other people advise us or even warn us of some course of action to be adopted against imminent danger. Though initially they may seem far-fetched, it wouldn’t  harm us to give some thought & do what we can in that particular area.

Kerala: Though the head  of the UN Department of Disaster Management- Mr. Murali Thummarukudi had sounded an alert in mid- June that there were chances of water level rising by July: this had fallen on deaf ears and nothing was done to prevent this. 😦

2) Prevention is  better than cure– In life too,there may be many things we have to make provision for though we may not require it immediately, something like the squirrels do- storing food for the winter season. Often people don’t make long-term investments and instead indulge in a consumer culture whose mantra is “eat,drink and make merry.”

Kerala: The Times of India had mentioned in an article dated Aug 17th ’18 that the state was both unprepared and underprepared: “Kerala is an exception in that it does not have a battalion of the state disaster response force (SDRF),which is mandatory as per the rules to tackle natural calamities.”

3) Solidarity– It is in times of adversity that people iron out their differences and come together as one & fight towards the same objective. I am reminded of the Bible verse: “Behold how good and pleasant it is  for brothers to dwell together in unity.”-Psalms 133:1

Kerala: It was a heart warming spectacle to see the government,the media,the industrialists  and the common public to join hands to save the perishing brethren  by involving in the Rescue & Relief Work. The help rendered by the Army, the Navy & the Airforce deserves a hearty salute from us. The caring & sharing in the sorrow of Kerala shown by its  neighboring states is a beautiful picture of India’s Unity in Diversity .

4) Every coin has two sides– Nothing in this world is an unmixed blessing, Social Media is not an exception,so let us benefit from its advantages and shun its disadvantages.

Kerala :Whats app , Twitter and Facebook played major roles in Disaster Management in locating people who needed to be rescued,  by sharing the helpline numbers as well as the updates,communication and overall boosting the morale of the people.

5) Gratitude – It is often said that,” For us to really appreciate the things in our life, it should be taken away from us for sometime. “The blind know the value of eyes.

Kerala: Many of us went through days of power failure & water shortage as well as flooded roads. We didn’t experience the kind of suffering that many thousands around us did but we sure did learn a very precious lesson in these days and that was to say ‘Thank you’ to God for everything ; from running water to the spinning fan to the humming refrigerator to uninterrupted Internet connection ,all with tears in our eyes and a smile on our face.

1192578l12605l148Nugget of Life- ” Bad things do happen in the world, like war,natural disasters,disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”-Daryn Kagan

In conclusion, here’s praying for speedy relief measures and better climatic conditions in the coming days.

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Have a blessed week,


Sparky laurie


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Nugget# 115 Life may not always be ur checked off bucket list!

images (5)Hi friends,

Today’s post may be quite different from the usual “sparky” posts of mine, but trust me this may actually be a post that could take a huge burden off of some of us, especially those of us with a Type A  who are by nature extremely fond of their “To Do”lists and for the rest it may be a smile in the right direction.So here goes…

While there’s a real joy of having lived our life on our own terms, more often than not, life takes another turn and we find ourselves slowly pushed into another direction than we had intended. Though inconvenient , if we decide to go with the flow (rather than throw a tantrum), if we keep our eyes open, our hearts trusting & doing the best that we can, we will always attract the best.Sometimes, it may not be what we expected, but would turn out to be something much better and more relevant to our lives. I recently heard of a woman Mariah who shared her life – story confirming this.

Thus for the many of us who life hands us more lemons, instead of making the ‘prover bial’  lemonade, why not make some lemon meringue …or some lemon pickle? 😉 The moral of the story being : ‘let’s continue to make the best out of what’s handed out to us at different stages of our life.’

Isn’t this good news for the hard working soul ; who still hasn’t got her big break….. ,/for a person who has just been diagnosed with cancer & whose life ambitions have all of a  sudden been placed on hold, /for the young teenager whose life long aspirations of becoming a pilot has been cancelled because of imperfect eyesight. This post is dedicated to you friend; if you have given ur best in life and yet have been handed a bitter lemon instead of a sweet apple! What do we do ? We may have to detour for the moment, maybe even slowdown a bit…. let’s make a decision today that this is only a bump in the road and slowly but surely like the proverbial ‘tortoise’,we will reach the destination we were intended to reach, provided we never ever give up in between.images (7)

In closing , I’d like to share with you a YouTube link of Tom Bob  a genius street artist who makes beautiful cartoons on streets and walls out of old pipes and the like. Here’ s one awesome soul who wonderfully illustrates today’s nugget. Definitely worth watching!

bright-idea-smiley-emoticonNugget of Life:- “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.”- Elsie de Wolfe

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Nugget# 114 Life lesson from Boman Irani!

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Hi friends,

Hope you are fine. This week I’d like to share with you some thoughts inspired by a You tube  video I just received. The video tells us about the real life story of the Award winning Boman Irani, who also happens to be one of my favorite actors ! 🙂

Boman  Irani is widely known by us for his comedic and villain roles in bollywood films such as Don, Munnabhai MBBS, 3 Idiots,Happy New Year, PK  etc. In this post, I’d like to share with you the struggles he had to face and overcome to become the person that he is today!

As a child, Boman was shy & dyslexic.He also had a speech defect and lisp till Grade 10.He was called ‘Boman the duffer’ and made fun of during his school life. After training, he decided to become the best waiter he could and worked at Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. His grandma had taught him that even if he was a cobbler in the street,he should be the best one that he could.His hardwork and tenacity paid off and he gradually got promoted to the post of waiter at the rooftop French restaurant Rendezvous.

He was born posthumously and his mother was in charge of the family business. One day, however,his mother met with an accident and he was forced to take over. For the next 14 years, he made his living by selling chips, wafers and other snacks in their small roadside shop.

While working at Taj , he had bought a camera and took sports pictures and sold them.This continued  till he turned 32 when he had his epiphany & he decided to learn photography so that he could give his family a better life. He decided to be different from the crowd and to never allow small thinking to get in his way again. His mantra in life is ” Do not do what everybody else does, do it differently.” He went on to have a very successful  career in photography & became the official photographer for the World cup of Boxing in India.

However it was at the age of  43 , that he got his big break in the movie industry through Shaimak Davar( an Indian choreographer) who visited him and said ” Trust me, you’re going to be very famous one day.”Shaimak  then introduced him to the world of Bollywood. The rest is history & there has been no turning back for Boman from that moment on. 🙂

awardNugget of Life :- ” To find one’s calling is perhaps not the easiest thing in the world, but probably the most important.”- Boman Irani

Have  a wonderful week,



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Nugget#113 Life lessons from a Butterfly!

images (1).jpgHi friends,

Yesterday as I looked out of my bedroom window, I saw an enormous butterfly with black and yellow wings.It was definitely a wonderful sight to behold. I could have spent the whole morning admiring its beauty but was suddenly stopped as my new friend quickly fluttered away. 😦 That set me thinking and this nugget came to mind.After some time just as if to say “Thank you”, it came back suddenly out of nowhere and hung around for some time and then once again fluttered away!

1) Life is momentary– Life is in fact “a sequence of many moments called now.”  There is no point in crying over the past or in stressing about the future.All we have is today and that too is a gift that is why it is called ‘Present’ and so let us treasure every moment of it. Just as the butterfly was there only for some brief moments, we don’t have any guarantee about the length of our or anyone else’s life. We are here today so let’s make sure we cherish the moments we have been given today!images (2)

2)Be the best ‘YOU ‘ that you can be –   Like that beautiful butterfly that I just had a glimpse of had made such an impact on me just by its presence ; similarly our first impressions must have a powerfully positive impression on others.This can be possible every time we meet a person as long as we work with a spirit of excellence in everything we do. images (3)

3) Gratitude- If like the butterfly which came back as if to just thank me, it would be such a blessing if we would remember to thank every person who has contributed in one way or another to the progress in our life. Our aged parents or grandparents, our college / school teachers who may have had a life changing influence on us or even an author or anyone else in our life who may have inspired us greatly to become what we are today. Writing a Thank you note or posting a Thank you card /message even visiting them would bring so much joy to both our and their lives.

If a Butterfly could brighten my day, just imagine how much you and I could do to make this world a happier place to live in ! 🙂

amazing-butterfly-smiley-emoticon-animation Nugget of Life – ” You were born with the ability to change someone’s life,don’t waste it.”- Unknown author

Have a beautiful week!





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