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Nugget # 95 Life is like a game of Scrabble!

scrabbleHi friends,

Hope you are all doing good. It’s been a while now but I havn’t been able to sit down ,process and pen down my thoughts. A lot had been happening, the most joyful being the birth of my second son.:)

Today as I was playing a game of Scrabble with my elder son, this nugget came to mind.

We were playing a junior version of the famous board game Scrabble.In which each player gets to pick at random 5 tiles with a letter on it from a Scrabble Bag. We were then to place the letters on the Board which had different letters on it .Each player got a turn to place a tile of his choice and watch the board as the next player places a tile of his choice. The main aim was to complete the words on the Game Board. And for every word we made, we would get a blue coin. The person with the most blue coins would be the winner of the game.

Well as the game progressed, my son was leading and then suddenly I got a letter J and made a word he wanted to make. I watched in amusement as his little face crinkled up and he took the tile I had just placed on the board  (which entitled to me my first blue coin) and put it back in the scrabble bag and shake the bag so that the coin would be lost. …suddenly it struck me, isn’t this typical of what we do to one another in this rat race of life?

  • We all have been given tiles at random, we don’t get to choose and pick what we are given.- Each one of us has been given from God a unique fingerprint, personal characteristics, quirks, strengths and weaknesses. We got to learn to play with what we have got and allow others to play with what they have got.
  • Just because we don’t like a person or that person doesn’t fit into our idea of what is right or even a likely candidate for success , doesn’t  change the fact that the person does have the vital tile necessary for completing the word on the board.
  • If we discredit the person and snatch the tile from the person and put it into the scrabble bag and shake it as my son did, we may still be ahead in the game, but we have denied the next person the joy of contributing something. More importantly, the game comes to a standstill so   in a way we are obstructing the progress of the game.
  • We should never lose focus of the object why we are playing the game. As I checked the object of the game, this is what was written: To spell each word on the board using the letter tiles. Players identify the words based on the pictures on the board. Any player who completes a word takes a blue coin from the Scrabble Bag. When all the words on the board are covered, the player with the most coins is the winner. Wouldn’t it be better if we just focused on completing the words on the board rather than on who was winning…Of course there will be a winner for each game but how much better it would be to just play our best and enjoy the Board game and find out who wins most coins at the end…
  • The same thing applies to our relationships in life, the people we work with, our spouses, our relatives, our friends, our churches, let’s work in a spirit of Unity and try and empower one another by looking out for the best in each other and putting forward our very best.
  • Each of us has a vital piece necessary for completion of this Board Game of Life. None of us can do it alone. We need each other to complete the game. I am reminded of the acronym TEAM- Together Everyone Achieves More. True, we may achieve a lot in this life by pushing ourselves up by putting other people down but how much better to handhold each other and walk together to a quicker & better success. The pity of participating in life as if it were a rat race is just that in the end of it all, you remain a rat! We are more than that, we are unique creations of the Most High God.
  • Like in a symphony, all the musical instruments should play their part without any one instrument dominating; we all have got our little bit to do in making this life a beautiful one. You may think , what will I do with just this one tile in my hand?, True, alone we can do NOTHING, but when we come together with the other pieces on the Board, we are able to make meaningful words.

Back to our Board game, I corrected my son and he placed the letter back and I got my blue coin. We completed the game and of course, in the end, my 6 year old was the winner with 4 blue coins!!! 🙂

zeneszekNugget of Life: “ I can do things YOU cannot, YOU can do things I cannot, together WE can do great things.”- Mother Teresa

Have a harmonious week!

Cheers,

Sparkylaurie

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Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 81 Life is like a Yoyo!

stock-photo-the-young-boy-with-a-colored-yo-yo-25725773Hi friends,

 In this post let’s compare our life to a yoyo. We are all familiar with the up-down motions of a yoyo. Similarly as we go through the life of any person on earth, we can find similar ups and downs; some mountain top experiences , some deep down in the valley experiences and some in between ones too! I’ve been learning and still am that more often than not, it is not the experiences but our response/reactions to them that actually determine how they affect us. The litmus test for this one would be watching the way 2 people respond to very similar /identical circumstances. It may affect one very negatively and hardly matter to the other person. There may be several factors that contribute to this. Very often it is the difference in priorities, tolerance levels etc that result in these variations.

 Since the only certain thing in this life is Uncertainty and Change, the best thing to do is to develop emotional stability in life. While we develop a rhino skin “Does not bother me” or rather a “I refuse to be bothered about it” attitude to life, we will realize how simple and uncomplicated things turn out to be. We also realize that since we obviously cannot stop/control the ups and downs of our lives, an unshakeable, immovable trust in the One who can will help us develop the tough exterior that will make our ride a more joyful one.

We need to remain like the string in the yoyo that does not change, no matter how high or low the yoyo of our life goes. We might as well enjoy/endure the moment. After all, life goes on and this season too shall pass!:)

 Yoyo

Nugget of Life: “Through the twists and turns, ups and downs, in happiness and in sorrow, life teaches us… TO LIVE!”- Author Unknown

Have a great week!

Cheers,

Sparkylaurie

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 73 Life is like a Piano!

“[The piano is] able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air.”- Kenneth Miller

Hi friends,

Often in life when we look around us we may feel that many have got only the white keys(happy moments) and no black keys(sad moments). However if we really got to know them, we would realize that everybody has got their own fair share of both black and white keys. It’s how we make use of what we have that makes all the difference.

  “One man gets nothing but discord out of a piano; another gets harmony. No one claims the piano is at fault. Life is about the same. The discord is there, and the harmony is there. Study to play it correctly, and it will give forth the beauty; play it falsely, and it will give forth the ugliness. Life is not at fault.”- Author Unknown

 Click to enjoy this phenomenal musical Video by  The Piano Guys!

http://youtu.be/0VqTwnAuHws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VqTwnAuHws

Nugget of Life: Life is like a piano, what you get out of it depends on how you play it.

Have a melodious week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on September 15, 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.

http://youtu.be/RYgEQGpWXFQ

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

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!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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

 

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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!

Cheers,
Sparky Laurie

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

 

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Nugget # 34 Life lessons from an Air-freshener!

Hi friends,

If I were to ask you to name a bathroom accessory universally found in every household ,chances are you will say soap/shampoo and yet there is one very important and yet often ignored toiletry in each of our homes ; THE AIR FRESHENER. It comes in different sizes,colors, fragrances,designs/ types and yet its basic features & function always remains the same. This week, I’d like to share with you 6 life-changing lessons from the air freshener. Reading this post, will give you a new respect for your much ignored air freshener. Trust me; you will never look at it with the same eyes ever again! 😉

1)The Air freshener is SELFLESS : It spreads fragrance where it is needed irrespective of whether/not it is responsible for the staleness/mustiness/bad odor. Often in life we may not be the cause for the “staleness” around us but we still can take responsibility to fight it by doing the good we can in our own small way. Oh! to be like that SELFLESS Air freshener which does its job anyway!

“This is what sets the tiny opal of a planet off from a million greater worlds – the possibility of KINDNESS- the possibility of CARE.”- Pam Brown

2)The Air freshener is FAITHFUL:  It takes only one/ two sprays to transform the atmosphere of a room. Often in life, we may wonder what good will come out of our small/insignificant acts of goodness. Truth is, we will never know; the power of a smile/a kind word/ a genuine compliment/a gift to someone in need /a listening ear/ a helping hand may even be the difference between life and death! Never underestimate your POWER to bring joy into another’s life.

“If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito!”-Anita Roddick 😉

3)The Air Freshener is often INVISIBLE:  Do any of us pay attention to the air freshener unless it is actually needed? Many of our lives are just like that. We may be invisible to the world repeatedly doing our everyday duties faithfully and doing good to those around.Even when we do, the response we get may not be what we expect. Sometimes we may even be misunderstood/accused of selfish motives and disillusioned,we may even ask ourselves “Why did I even bother?” But the truth is that no good deed is ever wasted just like the seed which germinates all of a sudden, results will come when least expected.Let us never allow the reactions of others from stopping us doing the good we believe we need to do.

“It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.”- Jenny Craig

4)The Air Freshener is FILLED:  As long as the Air freshener is full, the effect of the spray will always be there. Before it is emptied, it needs to get refilled or else it will be useless and thrown into the trash-can, no matter how useful it has been in the past. The same thing applies to us, we need to take good care of ourselves & always be in balance; getting the right rest/ nourishment/ strength/education/entertainment/encouragement we need. We can give to another only when we have enough and hence need to be kind to ourselves too.This may require us to prioritize / even say NO to some things in life. Somebody once called it “being SELFLESSLY SELFISH”. Well, if that is what we have to be,so be it. I think it’s always better to take time & recharge rather than to break down & recharge! 😉

“Guard within yourself that treasure, KINDNESS. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”- George Sand

5)The Air Freshener is an OPPORTUNIST:  Had the Air Freshener a choice of its sphere of influence, I’m sure it would never choose the musty/stinky places. Figuratively speaking, many of us are just like that air freshener and may be placed in situations we would rather choose not to be,but let us decide today that instead of using up our energy in fighting our circumstances and wishing things were different, let’s just makes the best of exactly what we have and where we have been placed.

“The best place to succeed is where you are, with what you have.”-Charles M Schwab

6)The Air freshener is an OPTIMIST: If the Air freshener were not an ideal optimist, I think, it would have given up on us a long time back. I mean, what does it get in return for every spray of freshness it gives out into the world? It is just used and then ignored until it is needed again but the Air freshener never gives up and slowly the room gets fresher and fresher. Similarly, we need to believe the best about ourselves and the people in our life and treat them as if they already were what they ought to be and thus help them in becoming better!

“Trust people and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson                                                             

 I love this quote by the character Claire Colburn, from the must-see movie ELIZABETH TOWN.

Click to watch this cute cartoon song: LET’S MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE http://youtu.be/OuJMl5ZmKc0 OR  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuJMl5ZmKc0

“Never if possible lie down at night without being able to say: I have made one more human being at least a little wiser or a little happier or a little better this day.”- Charles Kingsley.

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.”-Emily Dickinson

“If at the end, all that can be said of you is that you were kind, it is enough.”- Peter Gray B

 

Nugget of Life: “Happiness is like a perfume, you cannot give it away without getting a few drops on yourself!”-Author Unknown but greatly appreciated!

 

 Have a refreshing week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

Related post: BRIGHTEN THE CORNER WHERE YOU ARE

 

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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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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