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Nugget # 31 Life is a Paradox!

Hi friends,

As we look closely around us we will be able to recognize that LIFE is indeed a PARADOX. Now what do we mean by a Paradox? A paradox is “a statement that seems self-contradictory, but actually contains the truth.” Some examples are : 1) “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”- (Mother Teresa) 2) Another perfect example would be the following humorous quote by Oscar Wilde:

This week I’d like to share with you a thought provoking essay that beautifully points out to us the paradoxes of our modern day life. (Note : Though the essay is actually written by Dr. Robert Moorehead, it has been circulating as an email in a different format giving credit to the comedian George Carlin. Carlin himself has clarified that he is not the author. However the email still circulates with Carlin’s name attached. Below is the original from Dr. Moorehead’s book, ‘Words Aptly Spoken’ written in 1990 & published in 1995.) Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember to say “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:  Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

* [Source: “Paradox of our Age”-‘Words Aptly Spoken,’ by Dr Robert Moorehead]

Click to enjoy a Video Scripting of the above magnificent piece!   http://youtu.be/rfjfVmiSaf8

 

Nugget of Life: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

 Have an amazing week,

 

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 30 Life is like Fruit Salad!

Hi friends,

Just imagine a bowl of fruits soaked in creamy vanilla custard with a red cherry on the top, yum! My favorite dessert, any day. Is there anyone who does not love fruit salad?

Now imagine a lovely fruit basket filled with every kind of fruit imaginable- ripe yellow bananas, pretty pink strawberries, lush green kiwis, indigo blue grapes, luscious orange mangoes, ruby red pomegranates, yellow pineapples, juicy oranges , melons , berries etc…the list just goes on. Now we start picking our choice of fruits for the fruit salad.

One look at the fruit basket is enough to tell us how each fruit is so different from the other -right from appearance (shape, color and texture) down to fragrance and taste. All fruits are freshly picked and good but we have our own personal preferences. For instance I love my fruit salad with banana slices, few mango cuts, sliced green grapes and chopped cherries all in vanilla custard. My husband prefers banana slices, kiwis instead of mango and includes pomegranate seeds and nuts for the bite. The basic ingredients remain the same but our choices of fruit combinations vary as I prefer the sweetness of the mango while he likes the sourness of the kiwi.

How similar this is to our life. Each one of us is unique and we have our own special preferences.My preference of mango doesn’t make his choice of kiwi wrong.We are all free to pick and choose what we want but let us also remember to be sensitive enough to respect the choices that others also make.

This Nugget was inspired by a post by Irene, a fellow blogger. I was so happy to hear this young blogger( in her late 20s) speak so beautifully about “Blogger Respect”. Click here to read it. In this world of blogging, we come across so many different kinds of people- we have apples, oranges , strawberries, mangoes, pineapples, kiwis, guavas, etc…etc. “Blogger Respect” to me means learning to accept , if not enjoy each other’s differences.We may also go the extra mile & build each other up (instead of tear each other down) with our words by appreciating the good (if we genuinely find some) in other bloggers and letting them know it. I’ve added a “BLOGGER RESPECT” button as my small way of advocating this noble venture. Feel free to share / use it if you like.

Personally, blogging has been one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it and have met some pretty amazing bloggers on the way. Do we agree on everything? No, we don’t, but then what fun would life be if we were all carbon copies of each other? Would there be any scope for learning/growth? I’ve learnt so many new , useful & good things; only because of this diversity……. and now back to my fruit salad, Goodness, can you even imagine? Without the different fruits, there NEVER would be any fruit salad!!! 😦

Long live Unity in Diversity….long live all the fruits in the fruit salad!! 😉

I dedicate this post to each one of you, my blogger friends/acquaintances who have been instrumental in making this blogging journey the wonderful adventure that it is today! Thank you for being YOU and allowing me to be ME!

 

Nugget of life: You and I are different but we both deserve respect!

 Click to enjoy this wonderful Video :  http://youtu.be/cbbnj0qQ4s4

 

Have a yummy week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

Related post : LIFE IS LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 29 Life is like Boxing!

Fight one more round when your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the centre of the ring.Fight one more round when your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard.Fight one more round when your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would rack you in the jaw and put you to sleep.Fight one more round remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.”- James Corbett, the famous boxer.

Hi friends,

I recently watched SAAWARIYA, which I didn’t really like but from which I got this lovely gem which is the real inspiration behind this post. In the first half of the movie the protagonist, the charming Saawariya (Ranbir) meets the lovely Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) for the first time. On seeing her downcast eyes, he enacts to her this life changing truth that puts into her (and I hope into you too today) , the spirit to FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND!

Ranbir Raj : “Pretend life is like a boxing ring and unhappiness is your opponent. It has countless hands but you have two. If it appears before you, don’t be afraid. Look straight into its eyes…. understand and gauge its strength and then ….[don’t forget unhappiness is a very strong opponent.] Now start fighting. Move. Bounce. It will first get you in the face. You will be hurt. No worries, keep fighting. With the next hit, you will fall but the trick is to stand up and face it. Because if you give up by the 3rd round, then every punch will fill your eyes with tears, every jab will steal the smile from your lips. By the 5th round, it’ll force its way into your home…and snatch away all happiness. By the 6th round, everything you love will be finished. It will be a total knock out and the winner will be unhappiness….Yes! Yes! Yes!…..

Ranbir’s tone is so powerfully challenging that we scream back along with Sakina – NO! and we are encouraged to Fight one More Round just as she did …. she laughs and so does he;  mission accomplished! I liked the ending of the movie where we see him fighting one more round, this time alone but – the opponent (unhappiness)and the spot remain the same! 😉

In my attempt to share the above truth with you, I looked up BOXING for the first time ever and came across this amazing write up from which I learnt some really interesting and new things about Boxing. Below are some of the highlights. To enjoy the excellent piece, click here.

1) Boxing is a reflection of life. It has both the nasty and the good things we experience in life- greed and hate, dishonesty and corruption, pain and failure pride and grace, honor and nobility, honesty and pure pleasure.

2) Boxing is about Self discipline & Dedication: It is a sport of constant training of both the body and mind. Unlike in team sports, in boxing there is no one else to depend on but yourself.

3) Boxing is about mental strength- A fighter can be in perfect shape. His skills can be sharp as a razor, his reflexes can be honed like a jungle cat, but if his mind is not strong his body will fail. “The battle has already begun and the bell for round one has not even rung.”

4) Boxing gives you the greatest feeling in the world. It makes you feel alive. Is there any joy greater than the taste of victory? Is there anything more bitter then defeat?

5) Boxing is the struggle to be the best. It’s poetry in motion. It is art at its highest form. It’s the sweet science. It’s watching two professionals with a true understanding of the trade putting on a show.

6) Boxing is about giving everything you have- determination, durability & power but it is also a sport of self discovery. Fighters are the most special of people. They understand that it’s their job to get into a ring and fight another person, but they also understand that it’s a time of self-discovery.

7) Boxing like life, is an individual sport; ultimately, it is up to the individual to fail or succeed.

–  Source: Why I love Boxing –James Roll (East Side Boxing)

Wow…I loved that amazing write up… and now, can you believe it?  I love BOXING!!! 😉

 

Nugget of Life :  When life punches you in the face and you find yourself hurt and flat on the floor, remind yourself that YOU are a champion, gingerly get up, brace yourself and then FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND! YOU will definitely be the winner.

 

Enjoy this inspiring BOXING Video: Click : http://youtu.be/IoUQRglIhi8

 

 Happy Boxing! Have a great week.

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

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Posted by on October 14, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 28 Life lessons from an old donkey!

Hi friends, today I’d like to share with you a story of a wise old donkey.

One day, a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to him to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally peered down the well and  was astounded by what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up on the new layer of dirt. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to the shock and astonishment of all the onlookers, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off happily! 

These are 2 lessons I learnt from the story: 

1)Often in life we may find ourselves in deep wells and life may shovel all kinds of dirt onto us but instead of letting the dirt bury us ,we need to refuse to give up and shake it off and step up on it!

2) The story starts with the donkey crying for help but ends with the donkey happily trotting away. What was the reason for this change? When the donkey realized that his survival depended on himself, it is only then that he realized his inner strength. Age had weakened his body but sharpened his mind. Often it takes some hard knocks in life for us to realize our true inner mettle and strength! Don’t look around for help, but look within.

 

Nugget of Life : The only difference between Stumbling Stones and Stepping Stones is the way in which we use them!  We can either complain about the obstacle or we can choose to climb over it.

 

 Here are some inspiring life stories of people who changed their Scars into their Stars!

1)Some of the best music was composed by Beethoven. His handicap was that he was deaf.

2)Some of the best poetry written on nature was written by Milton, he was blind.

3)Helen Keller was both blind and deaf and yet her contributions to society is more than any hearing or seeing person could ever have done in his lifetime. Her life continues to be an inspiration to many of us who love her quotes. One of my favorites is ” Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” I wonder if we would have got to hear this amazing truth from her had she not known blindness and deafness herself.

4)One of the greatest world leaders was US Psdt  Franklin D Roosevelt, he served from a wheelchair

5)And now to share with you one of my heroines. Enjoy this Video of Jessica Cox – the first armless pilot in History! She is the woman who JUST DOES IT!

Click :   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcr0U2KRLrc

 

PS: 6)And there is one more person who definitely should be added to this list and he is JAMES JOYCE *(thanks for bringing it to my notice BalladeerHere’s what I found out after reading up on the life of James Joyce ; One of the most infuential writers of the early 20th century ; best known for his landmark novel Ulysses. He has undergone every kind of suffering imaginable –  Just to mention a few, death of 2 of his siblings (typhoid),life-long cynophobia (abnormal fear of dogs after being bitten by a dog), keraunophobia (fear of thunder & lightning) , suspension from work,poverty, medical college drop out,loss of his mother to cancer which devastated him, severe drinking problem, terrible money management problems, his wife suffered from schizophrenia , eye problems that required over a dozen surgeries which ultimately rendered him blind and finally his fatal ulcer problem! – And we complain about suffering? – I think this man definitely takes the prize for turning his scars into his stars ! What do you think?

Have a great week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 27 Life is sweaty,but it’s definitely worth it!

“The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they have always wanted to be.” –Tom Landry

Hi friends, this week  I’d like to share something I learnt just this morning. I was reading from a book  ‘Brave Honest Questions Women Ask’ and came to this portion where the author mentioned the above quote while trying to explain a new term that made me stop, sit up, and reflect. The new term was *SLUG POTENTIAL – and it refers to those things we knowingly allow ourselves to indulge in and thus set ourselves up for unfavorable consequences. In simple words, it is those things we know we should/ shouldn’t do but end up doing because we just “slug” it off.  For instance, the extra cookie we know we should avoid / the TV addiction/ the Alcohol/ the Uncontrolled Shopping Spree/Approval Addiction /Lack of Exercise/Work holism ? Each of our cases is unique. My area of slug potential may be your area of triumph and vice versa. The important thing is for us to locate our “slug potential” / that area of indulgence that has been keeping us from achieving total fulfillment in every aspect of our life.

Let’s admit it guys, LIFE IS SWEATY. In fact, it is sweat, blood, toil and tears but in the end, isn’t it TRULY WORTH IT ? I take this opportunity to thank a blogger buddy who has bestowed me with the “LIFE IS WORTH THE LIVING BLOGGER AWARD.” Yipee ! Yay! A special thanks to Balladeer , an amazing blogger and wonderful person.

As for me, I think it’s high time I get some dirt on my squeaky clean running shoes – that have been beckoning to me for a long time, but I have been making excuses with. Yes, you’ve guessed right, my area of slug potential ! Friend, is there some area in life that you could refer to as your slug potential? Would you like to start doing something about it today? Let us decide to start from where we are and do what we can to become VICTORS instead of VICTIMS in that area of our life.

Some Motivational Quotes to get us started:

“The longest journey starts with a single step.”- Lao Tzu

“The trademark for SUCCESS is the SWEAT BAND!”

“Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.” – Halewood Hale Broun

“Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets”.

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat”- Ann Landers.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

“Be afraid not of growing slowly, only of standing still.”

Every person who has achieved any success in life has worked hard to get there. I love this poem which speaks so profoundly about how often the crowds just dismiss hard earned success with words like Destiny or Luck. Personally, I’ve always hated the word!

LUCK :

He worked by day, And toiled by night.

He gave up play and some delight.

Dry books he read, New things to learn.

And forged ahead, Success to earn.

He plodded on with Faith and pluck,

And when he won, Men called it LUCK!

–          Anonymous                           

Nugget of Life:  “The difference between TRY and TRIUMPH is a little “UMPH.”

     

 Enjoy this funny Ad which just proves that U can do anything U want to do, be anything U want to be and go anywhere from where U are , IF you are willing to dream big and work hard!

Click :   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TrHjwCWHN0

Have a great week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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