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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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Nugget # 7 Life is like a box of Chocolates!

“Life is like a Box of Choco­lates… You Never Know what you’re Gonna Get!”-Forest Gump

CHOCOLATE!!!What a yummy topic to write about! I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate? The apt question would be: which types of chocolate do you like best?

Is it Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, white chocolate, Orange/ Mint/ Strawberry/ Coffee Chocolate, Chocolate with hazelnuts/almonds? Coconut Chocolate like Bounty, chocolate with dates in the middle, fruit and nut chocolates, Unsweetened chocolate, patchi, galaxy, ferrero chocolate, crackle chocolates with rice crisps, candy coated chocolates like M& M, Chocolate with caramel filling like Mars/Snickers, chocolate wafers like Kitkat, chocolate flakes, chocolate chips, chocolate waffles, chocolate truffles, Swiss chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, French Chocolate, Mexican chocolate…..the list goes on….

Opening a box of assorted chocolates always provides us with a feast for the eyes- we find a wide range of chocolates of different shapes sizes and colors. Only when we taste, will we know the type chosen. Just like the uncertainty till one bites into the chocolate and the surprise one gets on realizing its flavor, life too offers us a wide variety of experiences-all in different shapes, sizes and colors. Some are our immediate favorites, some we may like, some we may learn to like, some we may not like and some we may spit out but until and unless we take the risk and open the box and start the tasting, the truth is we will never know which ones we like best.

Life offers each one of us a box of the best of chocolates. You may not like the one I like best and I may not like your favorite, but that’s alright. These chocolates are to be enjoyed, not to be compared or ranked bcoz the truth is we have all been given different boxes and different palates.

The worst thing in the world that we can do is to keep our box aside and watch others enjoying their chocolates. Start tasting what you have got. Some you may like, some you may not, but one thing is certain and that is the Master Chocolatier who knows you very well has hidden the one you like best ONLY in your box. Once we grab hold of this Nugget of Life, we can learn to enjoy our life like never before!

Happy tasting!

NUGGET OF LIFE: Enjoy your own special box of Chocolates, the best one for you is definitely in your box!

 

 

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

 

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