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Nugget # 51 Life lesson from Burger King!

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share a life lesson that came to mind as I read the Burger King Bill of Rights. I must add that personally, we avoid junk food and this is in no way a BK promo. Yet, I’d like to reflect on the life-changing truth in the BK Slogan,  HAVE IT YOUR WAY ! Of course, we may need to be more delicate as we translate the same to life as we now deal with human beings and not inanimate sandwich ingredients 😉 however, the basic principle remains the same, be it the Sandwich or be it Life:  HAVE IT YOUR WAY ! LIVE IT YOUR WAY!

BURGER KING BILL OF RIGHTS

You have the right to have things your way.

You have the right to hold the pickles and hold the lettuce.

You have the right to mix Coke and Sprite.

You have the right to a Whooper sandwich with extra tomato, extra onion and triple cheese.

You have the right to have that big-meal sleepy feeling when you’ve finished.

You have the right to put a paper crown on your head and pretend you are ruler of “(your make-believe kingdom here.)”

You have the right to have your chicken fire- grilled or fried.

You have the right to dip your fries in ketchup, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce or mustard or not.

You have the right to laugh until soda explodes from your nose.

You have the right to stand up and fight for what you believe in.

You have the right to sit down and do nothing.

You have the right to eat a hot and juicy fire- grilled burger prepared just the way you like.

You have the right to crumble this Bill of Rights into a ball and shoot hoops with it.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”- Mary Anne Williamson

Nugget of Life: LIVE LIFE KING-SIZE!!!  “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

Have a yummy week!

Cheers,

Sparky laurie

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 50 Life is divine chaos!

Hi friends,

Life is divine chaos. First let’s see the more obvious part, the chaos. Chaos is the disorder and confusion in each of our lives or the messy side ;  the bruised knees, disappointments, spilled milk, traffic jams, runny noses, unexpected demise, infirmities, shattered dreams, unkind words,…all of us can add to this list…. However there is also another side to our lives and that is the divine or heavenly side, the lovely side of our lives ; which includes the laughter of family, kisses of children, soothing music, the fragrance of a flower, a well spoken/ written word , cool lemonade, chatting with a friend , fluttering butterflies, answered prayer, an unexpected kindness….this list also goes on. So you see, life is indeed divine chaos. This week I’d like to share this amazingly true but humorous and enjoyable write-up by Larry Harp which challenges us to leave the City of Regret once and for all.

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘It might have been.’” – Kurt Vonnegut

Leaving the City of Regret – Larry Harp

“I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I’m talking about my annual “GUILT TRIP.” I got tickets to fly there on WISH I HAD airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighed down with a thousand memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the REGRET CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the LAST RESORT HOTEL, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event, THE ANNUAL PITY PARTY. I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.First, there would be the DONE FAMILY, THE SHOULD HAVEs, WOULD HAVEs AND COULD HAVEs. Then came the I HAD FAMILY. You probably know ol’ WISH and his clan. Of course, the OPPORTUNITIES would be present, MISSED AND LOST. The biggest family would be the YESTERDAY’S. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.Then SHATTERED DREAMS would surely make an appearance. And IT’S THEIR FAULT would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by DON’T BLAME ME and I COULDN’T HELP IT.

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent “pity party” could be cancelled by ME! I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn’t have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN’T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.

So, if you’re planning a trip back to the CITY OF REGRET, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called, STARTING AGAIN. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I FORGIVE MYSELFS and the NEW STARTS are so very helpful. By the way, you don’t have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. God bless you in finding this great town. If you can find it – it’s in your own heart – please look me up.  I live on  I CAN DO IT street.”

Nugget of Life:“Life is divine chaos! Embrace it, forgive yourself, Breathe & enjoy the ride! ” – Solbeam

Related post: A NEW DAY HAS COME

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 49 Life lessons from a Snowman!

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share some Life lessons from a Snowman.

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”-Dylan Thomas

1) Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.

2) Wearing white is always appropriate.

3) Winter is the best of the four seasons.

4) The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.

5) You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.

6) Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!

7) Don’t get too much sun.

8) It’s embarrassing when you can’t look down and see your feet.

9) It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.

10) Always put your best foot forward.

– Taken from Mikey’s Funnies

Click to enjoy these SNOWMAN Videos:

1)     FUNNY FROSTY THE SNOWMAN VIDEO:

http://youtu.be/uo7K0USPZRY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7K0USPZRY

2)     FROSTY THE SNOWMAN SONG:

http://youtu.be/IdK94SNHESA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdK94SNHESA

 Nugget of Life: Enjoy every season of life. In summer, enjoy the sun; have an ice-cream, spend a day at the beach. When snowy, have a snow fight, drink hot chocolate, make a snowman!“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ Art Linkletter

Have an awesome week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

Related Post : LIFE IS LIKE SEASONS

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 48 Life is like Machinery!

Hi friends,

This week’s nugget is inspired by the spectacular 3D adventure drama film HUGO that won 5 Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards. In addition to being an enchanting allure captivating  both children and adults alike, it is also a great tribute to the magic of early cinema. The story is set in 1930’s Paris and revolves around a boy named Hugo who lives in the walls of a train station fixing clocks and gadgets. He is on a quest to fix an automaton in the hope of receiving a message from it; since it was the last thing his father left him before dying. Quite incidentally he meets the lovely Isabelle who becomes his friend and joins him in this breathtaking adventure of solving the intriguing mystery behind the strange drawing the automaton makes for him.

My favorite part was when Hugo takes Isabelle to the back of the giant train station clock and there as they watch the beauty of Paris at night, he makes the following amazing statement: Hugo Cabret: “Right after my father died, I would come up here a lot. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

That set me thinking. How very true! Aren’t we all like the different parts of this amazing machinery called life? “I am here for a reason and so are you!” Here are 3 life lessons I could draw out from this:

1) We are all made on purpose for a purpose: On our own, we may seem small and maybe even insignificant. We may look at the whole machinery and wonder “Will it really  matter if I don’t do my part? What difference does it make as long as all the other parts are there?” But the truth is that just like every cog in the machine (even a tiny screw) needs to be in its proper place doing its particular function for the machinery to work, all of us (no matter how trivial/unimportant we may consider our roles in life to be) are specifically designed & equipped for a unique purpose and placed exactly where we need to be.

2) Each of us has a specific role to play: If we try to do another’s role , the machine won’t work. If we refuse to do our role, all the other parts also suffer. Hence we need to recognize our purpose and realize its significance for without us the total purpose can never be fully achieved.

3)Others have their specific roles to play: We need to realize that just as we have our roles to play, others also have their specific roles to play. In order to get the machinery working smoothly, first of all we need to ensure that we are in place in working condition and then we need to cooperate with others as they fulfill their designated purposes.

Nugget of Life : “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

Have a delightful week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 47 Life lesson from a Shadow!

Hi friends,

 This morning I watched my shadow move on the sunlit ground in front of me. That set me thinking and gave me the nugget for this week.

All of us know what shadows are. On looking it up, this is what I could come up with. By definition, a shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. The cross section of the shadow is in fact a reverse projection of the object blocking the light. The sun causes objects to have shadows and at certain times of the day, when the sun is at certain heights, the lengths of shadows change.

“We never need to fear the Shadows because it only means that there is a light shining near somewhere”- Ruth E Renkel 

Shadows are the result of the presence of both light and darkness. If it is total light or total darkness, there would be no shadow at all. All of us have shadows in our life, meaning we have both light and darkness in us. Light represents all that is good such as truth, love, kindness, mercy, patience, charity, loyalty, etc while darkness represents the negativity, unkindness, hatred, intolerance, impatience, miserliness, deception, etc in us that obstructs the light from shining through.

 “Every life has dark tracts and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light and flings no shadows on the canvas.”- Alexander MacLaren

 “An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows.”- Author Unknown

As long as we are alive we will always be shadows with our light and dark side. However, just like the sun causes shadows to change by varying its position, similarly we too can cause changes in the Shadows of our life by positioning ourselves either closer or farther from the light source. Either we can move closer to the light and the shadows will become lighter or we can move away from the light and the shadows will become darker.

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine” – Henry Ward Beecher

Nugget of Life : ” Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and the shadows will fall behind you.”- Walt Whitman.

Click to enjoy this amazing Shadow Show :    http://youtu.be/j_YwSqDRksw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_YwSqDRksw

Have a sunny week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
 

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