Monthly Archives: May 2012

Nugget # 58 Life lesson from a Playground Slider!

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share a lesson in tenacity inspired by a friend J. This week I heard that she had just undergone an operation for a tumor and so I called her up to see how she was doing and imagine my surprise when she talked just as usual neither sounding disturbed nor in any way affected by it. At first it seemed a bit unreal to me (who by nature am definitely more expressive about things that disturb/ affect my smooth functioning in some way or other) but then I realized that J deliberately chose not to let her illness/ discomfort dampen her spirit or affect her personality in any visible way even for a moment and then I said to myself WOW! Talk about Tenacity! I learnt a lesson then and there.

Tenacity may be defined as that unbreakable strength of purpose that no person/set back in life can cause us to swerve/be affected visibly. True we are all different but we can definitely improve ourselves by learning from one another. I just thought of the many problems of life that could have been easily avoided had I developed this kind of attitude in life. Now I am not talking about hiding feelings or wearing a mask and walking about indifferent & unaffected by the ups and downs of life but being able to master those feelings with genuine strength and definiteness of purpose.

In order to understand better, let us take an illustration of a child on the playground slide. After sliding down to the bottom, he doesn’t sit in the dust wallowing in self pity because he fell. Instead, he dusts himself up and runs back once more happy to climb up the ladder and slide down once again. That is after all the fun of the game! How much more fun should our slides in life be teaching us if we would just embrace our setbacks in life as learning experiences and dust ourselves up and climb back and continue playing with a smile on our faces?

We have a choice no matter how bad the situation. Let us stop living our life by default and start living our life by design.

Nugget of Life: “It has done me good to be somewhat parched by the heat and drenched by the rain of life”  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have an awesome week!


Sparky Laurie


Posted by on May 31, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 57 Life is a journey!

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share with you an analogy of life compared to a journey. We all travel from time to time, sometimes short distances, sometimes long but we always know where we are going and that place is called our destination. Many of us like the kids Kevin and Lindsey in the movie “ARE WE THERE YET?” instead of enjoying the trip, impatiently keep looking out of the window and ask ourselves the same question “Are we there yet?”

 In a hurry to reach our destination, we often forget to enjoy the journey. The same thing is applicable to our Life too. Often we hurry through the seasons of our life impatient to arrive and forget to enjoy the present moment.  I love the write up by Robert J Hastings which concludes like this:

The station is an illusion…it constantly outdistances us. So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, swim more rivers, climb more mountains,kiss more babies, count more stars. Laugh more and cry less. Go barefoot oftener. Eat more ice cream. Ride more merry-go-rounds. Watch more sunsets. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.- Robet .J .Hastings The Station

We live in an age obsessed with speed and instant gratification. Immediate and instant may not always be best especially when it comes to our speed of life ; we need to slow down and celebrate our life for what it is.To stop and take time to smell the roses in our life. “In fact, our life’s  journey is not to arrive at the grave quiet and safely preserved in a box but rather to skid in sideways, well-used and loudly proclaiming…WOW! What a ride!” – Author Unknown

We can learn a lesson from Beezee Bee who actually takes the time to stop and smell the roses in its life.

Nugget of Life : Life is a journey to enjoy, not  a destination to reach. Live for the journey,you may be amazed at what you discover along the way! 😉

Have an enjoyable week!


Sparky Laurie


Posted by on May 24, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 56 Life is a ticket!

“Life is a ticket to the greatest show on the earth.”-Martin H Fischer

Hi friends,

All of us know what a ticket is. On its own, the ticket is nothing but a small piece of paper having negligible value but if we ask anyone who has suffered the consequences of not having bought a ticket or having misplaced one, he will tell you how significant that bit of paper really is! The ticket has value because of what it represents and always the ticket buyer exchanges a corresponding payment in currency for it.  The ticket gives us access to some privilege or convenience we want to enjoy  eg. an entry ticket at  the circus,the zoo,the carnival, etc.

Sometimes, we get free passes/admit cards to certain concerts /shows particularly if someone we know is in the Event Coordination/Organizing Committee. And as long as we have the pass with us, we can enjoy the show. Quite similar is the case in Life; every person at his birth gets this free admit pass to enjoy the greatest show on the earth. It depends on us how we use the ticket. The ticket checker looks only for the ticket and as long as we take care of the ticket, we can enjoy the show. Any misuse/carelessness with the ticket will lead to dire consequences no matter who the person is.Our life is valuable and even though we have got it free, lots of effort and sacrifices have been made by our parents,teachers,loved ones,care takers etc. for  making us the people that we are today.We need to be grateful for this life and value it by taking good care of our minds and bodies. As long as we do this, we can live long and strong to enjoy the most beautiful show on this earth!

Click below to enjoy this beautiful musical video that gives us a sneak-peek into this most beautiful show, enjoy! 🙂

Nugget of Life : “Be loyal to the royal within you!”

Have a pleasant week!


Sparky Laurie



Posted by on May 18, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 55 Life lesson from Mother’s Day!

“There is no velvet as soft as a mother’s lap, No rose as lovely as her smile. No path as flowery as those imprinted with her footsteps.” – Archibald Thompson

The world all over celebrates Mother’s Day as a day to honor Mothers everywhere and let them know how much they mean to us. Ever wondered how it all began? The story of Mother’s Day is the story of the firm determination of a daughter named Anna Jarvis who resolved to honor her mother’s wish.

It all started one Sunday when Anna was 12 years old, her mother Mrs Jarvis concluded a Bible class on ‘Mothers of the Bible’, with the following small prayer, “I hope that someone, sometime will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

Anna never forgot this prayer. And at her Mother’s graveside service, she recalled the prayer and said, “…by the grace of God, you shall have that Mother’s Day.” After the death of her mother in 1905, Anna Jarvis dedicated her life to fulfill her mother’s dream of the recognition of a day for honoring mothers. Though never a mother herself, the Founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis is today widely recognised as the ‘Mother of Mother’s Day’. Let us learn a lesson from her remarkably ceaseless devotion to her mother and mothers everywhere.

Would you brighten your mum’s day by telling her how much you love and appreciate her today?

Watch this adorable little Arab girl tell her mum how much she loves her.

“Mother and Love differ only in name for the miracles they work are one and the same!”

Nugget of Life : Remember, No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you! – which is your LIFE.

Have an awesome week!


Sparky Laurie


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Nugget # 54 Life lesson from a Masala-Box!

“ Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite, are yet so contrived by nature as to be constant companions; and it is a fact that the same motions and muscles of the face are employed both in laughing and crying.”- Charron

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share a special life lesson I learnt from Shirley an acquaintance of mine. She compared the human emotions of man to different cooking ingredients viz, salt, chilly, turmeric, coriander, pepper,etc.That set me thinking and I came up with this powerful nugget! 😉

All of us are familiar with Emotions, both positive and negative. Positive emotions include joy, happiness,  excitement, gratitude, pleasure etc. Some examples of Negative emotions are anger, fear, guilt, shame, pain. Often, in an attempt to be positive, we may try to ignore/eliminate our negative emotions. However, negative emotions are   actually useful information providers about our environment and they do have a very important place in our lives.

Let me illustrate this with a few egs : 1) A healthy fear before an exam ensures proper preparation. Fear out of control on the other hand may prevent us from even appearing for the exam. 2) Anger expressed in a controlled manner commands the respect of others and also ensures that we get what we want in life rather than blindly accepting anything offered to us whether we want it or not.

Using the ingredients from a masala-box out of proportion (too little salt or too much of pepper/chilly) will definitely spoil the curry. Similarly we require both positive and negative emotions to the right degree in our life for a properly balanced personality. In other words, the right degree of negative and positive emotions spice up our lives just as all the ingredients of the masala box make a delicious curry.

 “ A middle estate is safest; as a middle temper of the sea, between a still calm and a violent tempest, is most helpful to convey the mariner to his haven.”- Swinnock.

You see friends, nothing in this life is an unmixed blessing; so let us be wise and walk the middle path; enjoy its benefits and shun its evils.


Nugget of Life : My dad always says “Too much of anything is good for nothing!”

Have a marvelous week!

Sparky Laurie


Posted by on May 5, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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