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Nugget # 104 Life lessons from Flying birds!

birds_flying_in_formation_md_wm_v2Hi friends,

Hope you are all doing well. It’s been a while since I’ve penned down something. These days with winter setting in, we can see some clear changes in the environment around us. The days seem shorter and the nights seem longer. It is indeed a sight to behold different kinds of birds flying surprisingly rather low and in large numbers across the sky and watching them has become my latest hobby! 🙂 Let me share with you a few thoughts that come to mind when I think of them! I have categorized them into 6 Fs. Let us see them one by one!

  • Flexible – The birds are flexible. They are not rigid in their flight. They change their patterns of flying according to the others in the flock. They are not stubborn or egoistical but are focused on their destination. We can learn from them how to be flexible especially when working in a team.
  • Fun – Though their flight is headed towards a particular place, the birds do not forget to have fun on the way. They don’t forget to sing and there is a grace and speed when they fly. They are not bored or lazy but enjoy the flying. Similarly, we too should ensure that we have kept enough margin for hobbies, rest and relaxation in our To Do Lists. When we can make our work fun by innovation and using our creativity and whatever talents we may have, it is then that we will actually begin to enjoy our work.
  • Fit – The bodies of birds are usually fit for flight. If they are overweight, they will be slowed down and will not be able to keep pace and fly in sync with the other birds. The same thing can be applied to us too. Being fit gives us the stamina and positive energy we require to fly high in life.
  • Flocks – Birds usually fly in flocks. As the saying goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.” We too should surround ourselves with the kind of people who have a similar vision and passion for life as we do. There is strength in unity but we need to make sure to associate with the right kind of people as we can learn from others and attain success more quickly than if we tried alone.
  • Fearless – The birds are fearless as they flap their wings and go higher and higher even against the wind. Their bodies are streamlined which enables them to fight against the air resistance by reducing friction so that the air will just glide past them without blocking it. Same thing applies to us.  What seems to us as our weakness may actually become our biggest blessing if we overcome fear and do what we can.Sometimes we may even have to ‘do it afraid’ but small victories will help us gain confidence to do better the next time.
  • Free – When thinking of a bird, the first phrase that comes to most of us is “as free as a bird!” That means we are completely free to do what we want without any worries. Most of the time we are not free because we are in the PAST or in the FUTURE. The antidote to this is to LIVE IN THE MOMENT- Present Tense! 🙂

Enjoy this lovely song called LIVING IN THE MOMENT by JASON MRAZ

https://youtu.be/ZoG-r34LokE

 

smiley-bird-emoticonNugget of Life: “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, Life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly”-Langston Hughes

Have a fun filled week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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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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Nugget # 92 Life lesson from a Pair of Jeans!

6559417-pair-of-jeans-isolated-on-the-white-backgroundHi friends,

First things first…Wishing you all a wonderfully happy New Year! This week I’d like to share a random thought that came to mind as I was ironing a pair of jeans. I just started wondering….when, where and how did jeans ever originate? With a little help from Google, I got the story which inspires me to write today’s nugget.

In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch of his brother’s New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Levi Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, “You should have brought pants!,” saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last. Levi Strauss had the canvas made into waist overalls. Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss substituted a twilled cotton cloth from France called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric later became known as denim and the pants were nicknamed blue jeans after the sailors from Genoa in Italy who first wore them.

One of Levi’s customers was a Reno Nevada- based Latvian tailor by the name of Jacob Davis. He regularly purchased bolts of cloth from the wholesale house of Levi Strauss & Co. Among Jacob’s customers was a difficult man who kept ripping the pockets of the pants that Jacob made for him. Jacob tried to think of a way to strengthen the man’s trousers, and one day hit upon the idea of putting metal rivets at the points of strain. These riveted pants were an instant hit with Jacob’s customers and he along with Levi Strauss co patented the process of putting rivets in pants for strength. On May 20, 1873, they received  US patent no.139,121. That day is now considered to be the official “birthday” of blue jeans.

We can see that what started out as “unwanted” canvas was transformed little by little into “much in demand” pants that is today a staple of everybody’s wardrobe and even a key element in seasonal trends and fashion around the world.

The same thing is applicable to our lives. Very few of us get things on golden platters. For the majority of us, as we surge ahead and face obstacles in life, it is going to be our ability to see the hidden opportunity instead of the glaring impossibility that will actually determine our success. In other words, the trick is not to avoid all mistakes but to see how we can make our mistakes work for us.

lightbulb_idea-1364Nugget of Life : Bertolt Brecht :”Intelligence is not to make no mistakes But quicky to see how to make them good.”

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 91 Life lesson from a Christmas Carol!

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With Christmas right round the corner, this week, I’d like to share with you a nugget inspired by a Christmas Carol. You must be familiar with the song ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’. Click here to watch the RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER MOVIE.

Well, as I listened to the lyrics, it talked about how due to his shiny red nose, all the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names and never let him play in their reindeer games. Until one foggy Xmas eve Santa Claus comes along and asks Rudolph the Reindeer if he could with his shiny red nose guide the sleigh that night! Rudolph’s is overjoyed that his long awaited dream has finally come true!

How very like Rudolph many of us are! There may be certain quirks in us that make us feel odd or out of place with others. Try as we may, we may not be able get rid of them and the truth is that those very quirks are there in every one of us. They are what makes us “us”! Instead of despising them, if we continue to believe in the best of ourselves and dream big, one day that very thing that we felt was our disadvantage/limitation can be turned around into our biggest advantage. Then we will realize thankfully why we had been given that so called “weakness” in our life. Just like it is Rudolph’s shiny red nose (that had initially made him the brunt of many a joke and made him feel so left out in life) which actually helps him to light the way for Santa to ride through the fog, similarly God can take the burden of our life and turn it into a blessing if instead of despising it, we would just surrender it into His All knowing hands.

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Nugget of Life:  “Turn your scars into stars”- Robert H Schuller

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year 2014 ahead!

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 87 Life is a Process!

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This week I’d like to share the importance of understanding one word and that is “PROCESS”. For the people of today’s generation, the word may be quite familiar with food processors which speed up our cooking , however the nugget I’d like to share talks about process in the opposite sense. Let me explain this with the help of an easily understood illustration. Consider a woman who just finds out she is pregnant, she is overjoyed and shares the good news with her loved ones. Some moments of pure bliss but as days and weeks go by, there comes the nausea and the tiredness and the vomiting and the aches and pains and suddenly it doesn’t all seem so much fun. So what does she do? Well, there is nothing else she can do but continue and let the process go on. As long as she goes on doing what she has to do, eating right, exercising right, taking her supplements and going for her regular check ups, the baby in her will grow healthier and then after her wait of 9 months, will come her moment of joy when she can finally hold the newborn baby in her hands.

The time and the sacrifices and the pain she undergoes will only make her baby more precious to her. The same thing applies to us in our life. All of us have to go through different processes in life and just like the lady, not every stage may be desirable, we need to stick with it and go through each stage with full cooperation in order to reach where we want to or get what we want. Some of us may have a dream that may seem in no way attainable as of today but if we consistently work towards smaller goals in that direction we will in the long run after having overcome many milestones, finally be able to reach where we once dreamt of reaching.

Friend, what is it that you would like to do or become in your wildest dream? Remember, you need to go through the process, every day should draw you nearer to your dream. Even when you feel like you haven’t achieved much , consistently keep trying to do more each day and one day you will find yourself living your dream.

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Nugget of Life : Keep on keeping on!

“Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort and letting it be there until some light returns.”-Anne Lamott

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 86 Life lesson from the movie “YES MAN”

3CF_Yes-Man-Jim-CarreyHi friends,

This week I’d like to share a real life enricher that I came across while I watched the movie ‘YES Man’ (starring Jim Carrey) roughly based on the book “YES MAN” by Danny Wallace. The story is about a bank loan officer Carl Allen who leads his life with a totally negative outlook and says ‘NO’ to practically everything in his life. The turning point comes when an old colleague of his introduces him to a ‘YES’ Seminar and he now has to say ‘YES’ to everything in his life. With no other option, he goes ahead and starts saying ‘YES’ and thus begins to live his life to the fullest by experiencing things in his life that he would otherwise never have known.

Here is the link to the movie trailer : http://youtu.be/uRv4CoXQoAQ

Now the question is “What if we began to say YES to every opportunity that came up in our life? Of course, being realistic and keeping a balance is also important (which is mentioned in the movie too). But what if we stopped procrastinating by thinking ourselves out of things and instead started saying YES to more in our life? Personally, I noticed that many times when called to do things out of the normal routine, even though I know I should do it, my perfectionistic tendency either made me postpone the thing or altogether drop the idea after toying with it for some time. However, when I started giving myself no other option but a ‘YES’, I began to find joy in accomplishing EXTRA things by embracing the invitations of life. In the long run, this in turn enables us to actually grow beyond what we can think or imagine. It is allowing ourselves to be in alignment with all the good things that God wants for us. That definitely makes life more adventurous and challenging! Isn’t that what living life to its fullest is all about?

“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.”- Eric Schmidt

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Nugget of Life: SAY YES TO LIFE!

“When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, “Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!” –Jeffrey R Anderson 

Have an adventurous week!

Cheers,                                         

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 84 Life lesson from one of the best American Movies ever made!

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Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share something that came to mind as I watched the 1946 American Christmas Drama film called ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

It is the story of George Bailey , a man who has had to give up his dreams of traveling and going places in order to help others. Frustrated and feeling like a failure he opts for suicide on Christmas Eve. He is miraculously saved by the intervention of his guardian angel Clarence who shows George all the lives he has unknowingly touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born.

This movie set me thinking of how many of us like George may not really be aware of the lives that we are responsible for changing by some small act of ours. Often we may not be doing any great thing, many times we may never even be in the lime light only behind doors and doing our duties faithfully not even aware of the mighty influence we may be having on someone somewhere! At this point I am reminded of an incident when my sister-in-law shared some money with a family who was struggling. Later on they told her that they were contemplating suicide and it was her action that made them change their mind. We may never fully know here and now how crucial our small acts of concern and kindness can be. It took a supernatural visitation to open George’s eyes. Let this movie do that for us and open our eyes to the truth that truly, our life is pretty awesome and it’s a Wonderful Life after all!

For those of you who would like to watch the movie, here’s the link: http://youtu.be/frXklECPkD0

Penguins_Do-Good-lilpenguinshop-3648743 Nugget of Life: “Go into the world and do well but more importantly go into the world and do good.”- Minor Myers Jr

Have a wonderful week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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