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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.

For those of you who would like to know more , do check the link below:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/2018-kerala-floods-here-is-how-you-can-help/article24725213.ece

Have a blessed week,

Cheers,

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

Have a beautiful week,

Cheers,

Sparkylaurie

 

 

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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,

Cheers,

Sparkylaurie

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Nugget # 102 Life Lesson from the KFC Founder!

170px-KFC_logo.svgHi friends,

Today I’d like to share a nugget from the life of Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC as it’s more popularly known! 🙂 He later acted as the company’s brand ambassador. His name and image are still symbols of the company.

When we purchase a bucket of KFC and sit down and enjoy a bite, do we even know what it cost that dear man to reach it to your hand?

A story behind something so small as a piece of fried chicken? Yes, friends sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and once we know the story behind the scenes we will then hold with great value that which we so easily take for granted.

Colonel Sanders was born in 1890 & grew up on a farm in Indiana. The hardships of his life caused him to mature long before time. He spent the first half of his life working a series of odd jobs. At 40 years he had to change dozens of occupations. But nothing was working out for him. For a long time Sanders was in despair. Most of his life already passed, he was disappointed in life. And, of course, he wanted to change it. So after serious thought about the location of it, he bought a service station in Kentucky. Along this road there was constant traffic from all over and the flow of customers was endless. With little in terms of means at his disposal, Sanders traveled door to door to houses and restaurants all over his local area. He wanted to partner with someone to help promote his chicken recipe. However, he was met with little enthusiasm. So he started travelling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders heard 1009 “no”s before he heard his first “yes”.

Sanders’ pursuit was never really about becoming rich, but rather to share his food with the world. That’s why he constantly grumbled and swore about the more profitable but lower quality gravy that the corporate KFC began producing. “With the Colonel, it wasn’t money that mattered, it was artistic talent.”

So you see friends, what really matters in life is what is your real motivation or purpose behind the things you do in life. That’s what makes all the difference!

graphics-3d-smileys-480836Nugget of Life: “There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.” – Sharron Angle

Have a great day!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

Nugget# 96 Life lesson from SUE THOMAS: F.B.Eye!

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Sue(Deanne) with Levi (Jesse)…Notice his ID!! 🙂

Hi Friends,

Firstly, let me apologize for not being around for a while. Hope you’ve been doing great. At my end, I’ve been going through some fine learning experiences here in the University of Life. Nobody really prefers to enroll at the School of Life’s Hard Knocks and this post is especially dedicated to all those of us who have graduated from there! 🙂

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The real Sue Thomas F.B.I. with her hearing dog Grace!

I’ve recently been enjoying watching the famous Sue ThomasF.B.Eye,a critically acclaimed groundbreaking TV series inspired by the true story of Sue Thomas,who although profoundly deaf from the age of 18 months, overcame significant obstacles to work surveillance for the F.B.I. Incidentally, Deanne Bray, who plays the role of Sue is herself a severely deaf actress who was also strongly encouraged by her parents to speak and read lips.

As portrayed in the series, Sue Thomas is about to start her first real job – which happens to be with the F.B.I. Though initially underestimated, very soon she is recognized for her intelligence and unique lip reading skills and she lives her hard earned dream when she along with her adorable hearing dog Levi join the bureau’s elite surveillance team.

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The awesome team from (Left-Right)  Dimitri,Tara,Bobby,Lucy,Myles,Levi,Sue & Jack

Joining Sue, Levi and Jack on the team are Bobby Manning, a charismatic agent who likes to bend the rules; Dimitrius Gans, the senior member of the surveillance unit; Lucy Dotson, the team’s right hand support person and Sue’s best friend & roommate ; Myles Leland III, the Boston born, Harvard educated, self-proclaimed ‘Einstein with a gun;’ and Tara Williams, the quirky but brilliant go-to tech expert.

This is a show about courage & perseverance, it not only keeps us on the edge of our seat, but also makes us laugh & cry. Though there are many lessons that one could learn from this delightful series (a real breath of fresh air in the highly contaminated & toxic atmosphere of TV entertainment today), the one that I would like to share is IDENTITY.

When we split up the word Identity, we come up with ‘I’  & ‘dent.’ The pronoun ‘I’ refers to the real us without any apology, compromise or mask ; it refers to the basic core of who we really are,our strengths and weaknesses just as they are.

The other part dent refers to 1) a notch or hollow made by a blow or pressure. 2) An impression or effect made usually against resistance.

Like I said in the beginning, we are all dented by life. To succeed, we need to grab life by the horns anyway with absolutely no excuses and seek to live out our dreams boldly and courageously no matter what the odds or obstacles. In the story, Sue cannot hear and even speaks with a lisp. But she uses what she has which is her unique lip reading skills that she has worked on since her childhood. Her mother has been her guiding force always reminding her that in spite of her disability, she could be everything she wanted to as long as she worked twice as hard. She skates, sings and plays the piano as well. If she was like any other person, I doubt she would have inspired us as much. It is her ‘Dent’ that makes her so beautiful and compassionate. She knows what it is to be unwanted, to be the odd one out. And that is what causes her to select Levi in spite of the abuse that he had been through. She in a way empowers him and he ends up saving her life!

It is when we fully accept the ‘I’ in Identity, which includes the good, bad and the ugly (dents & all)…. both in ourselves as well as in others , That is the divine moment when we have ceased to simply exist and truly live our life to its fullest!animated-flower-image-0091 Click for the  WHO I AM song with favorite sneak peeks from the Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye …Enjoy!

animated-dance-smiley-image-0044Nugget of Life : “When you know yourself, you are empowered. When you accept yourself, you are invincible.”-Tina Lifford

Have an awesome week,

Cheers,

Sparky laurie

 

 

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