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Nugget # 108 Life lessons from Santa Paws 2!


Hi friends,

Hope you’re enjoying the Christmas Season. This week’s nugget came to me as I was watching the Disney Holiday Musical Santa Paws 2. Click here for trailer.

Santa Paws 2 is  a wonderful reminder to us about the real spirit of Christmas. The story is about how Mrs. Claus(wife of Santa Claus) travels to the town of Pineville with the playful Santa Pups who start granting wishes to the children. Things go awfully wrong when a boy named Carter angrily wishes there was never any Christmas. As his wish comes true, we see how his gloom (which is aptly represented by some flying black dust) actually touches his friend first and then his father later and how they suddenly lose their Christmas joy. Carter’s sister (a true believer in the magic of Christmas) asks Mrs Claus what had happened to her brother. Mrs. Claus explains to Sarah that he had caught a Christmas Cold. The delightful conversation follows…

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Sarah: “A Christmas Cold? How do we make it better?”
Mrs. Claus : “It’s like any other cold, you just help them through it.”
Sarah : “By feeding them soup? And cocoa?”
Mrs. Claus: “That’s partly it ….but a Christmas cold is special, it takes a special kind of treatment to make it better.”
Sarah: “Like what?”
Mrs. Claus: “Umm … like instead of Soup, give him a Hug, instead of medicine, give him lots of love.
Instead of a tissue, give him Christmas cheer. Yes, this is a sickness that is centuries old!
It’s the feeling that makes us lose faith & hope… dear, something we call… A Christmas Cold!”
Mrs. Claus: “Christmas is magic with Glorious Music…”
Sarah: “Heartwarming stories beautifully told…”
Mrs. Claus: “But sometimes we feel kind of sad & lonely… That’s when you’ve caught it, A Christmas Cold!”
Together : “Christmas cold, Oh… how we dread them! Christmas Cold, there’s no joy in town. We won’t let it get us down, No, we won’t let Christmas Cold get us down…”
Click here to hear the whole Christmas Cold Song.

Later we see how the Christmas Cold infects the whole town and how everyone becomes grouchy. Sarah asks Mrs. Claus why she hadn’t caught the cold yet and she replies that Sarah was the strongest believer in Christmas there ever was and that was the reason she was immune to the Christmas Cold which had infected all of Pineville. Sarah then cures her town by singing hope through the radio station.

These are the 2 life lessons that come to my mind:images (1)

1)We are more influential than we realize-  Carter’s wish froze the town and Sarah’s song melted it. Sometimes people may unknowingly steal our joy by thoughtless words or actions and the other way round too. We seldom realize how contagious our attitudes are .So it is very important for us to be mindful of how we affect others. Especially at times when we are feeling low, the best thing we could do (instead of dragging our friend down just because we are blue) is to be a good listener. Who knows ?… if we are open & receptive, some of their positivity would actually rub the gloom off of us!

d93f80a57ded088e6f15c2e43d0954ba--ann-voskamp-liturgical-seasons2) The real meaning of Christmas – In the movie, Sarah was immune to the Christmas Cold only because of her unshakable belief in the magic of Christmas. The Christmas Season is not just a time to decorate our houses with trees, shining lights, stars and bells or a time to bake cakes and ginger bread cookies. It’s not just a festival to drink to and make merry. Or a time only for shopping for toys, gifts and other goodies. But Xmas is the time to become real beacons of light shining brightly where we have been placed and thus lighting up the ever increasing darkness around. A time to replace doom and gloom with purpose and laughter. And this will be possible only when we truly believe with all of our heart that Jesus is the real reason for the Season. 



Nugget of Life : “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but also reflecting.”- Winston Churchill

Click here to hear sweet Sarah sing ‘O Holy Night’. This song, I dedicate to you dear friend this Christmas! May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart & home with joy!

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!

Lots of love & Christmas cheer,

Sparky Laurie


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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


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!


Sparky Laurie


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Nugget # 46 Life lessons from a Cow!

Hi friends,

We live in an age of instant solutions; a day where “quicker” has become a pseudonym of “better.” We have instant photographs, instant coffee, instant banking, online shopping, instant chatting, live telecasts and even Internet weddings! Instead of the good old home-cooked meals we now have microwave dinners, handwritten love notes are replaced by mechanical text messages, snail mail is practically unheard of as we now have email, parental pep talks for guidance are now replaced by Google time and smileys are exchanged instead of smiles! Come to think of it….we have all ( in one way/other)  become the innocent victims of this dreadful malady : “the hurry sickness” ; the subtle instigator of many of the evils & illnesses in our lives today. The message is loud and clear but often we are too much in a hurry to even stop and listen. This poem I learnt in my school days speaks beautifully a truth we all may need to be reminded of.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare? –
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
W. H. Davies

Let’s try and make a deliberate effort to slow down, get in tune with nature, laugh some and learn more. Sharing some points I really enjoyed from this write up found circulating the Net via email. Enjoy!

“All I Need to Know about Life I Learned from a Cow”- Author unknown

1. Wake up in a happy mooo-d.

2. Don’t cry over spilled milk.

3. The grass is green on the other side of the fence.

4. Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.

5. Never stoop to a barnyard mentality.

6. Seize every opportunity and milk it for all its worth!

7. It’s better to be seen and not herd.

8. Honor thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives.

9. Munch hay while the sun shines.

10. He who lives with the herd,learns to watch his step.

11. Never take any bull from anybody.

12. Black and white is always an appropriate fashion statement.

13. Don’t forget to cow-nt your blessings every day.

14.Successful people are “moo-vers and shakers.”

15. If you’re feeling low, moo yourself a little song.

Nugget of Life : “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”-Har Borland

Have an amazing week!       




Posted by on February 21, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 44 Life is like a party!

 Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share this beautiful analogy of life that I just came across. No matter what comes up in our life, if we learn to develop an attitude of gratitude we will be able to celebrate life as a party.


Nugget of Life: Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance. Live For Today…Plan For Tomorrow…Party Tonight..!!!

Have an awesome week,


Sparky Laurie


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


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Nugget # 20 Life lesson from a Fishing trip

Hi, this week I’d like to share a much needed lesson we can learn from a fishing trip story of a father and son.

A father and his son went fishing on a small boat, hungry.

The father helped his son reel in his first fish, and it was a beauty. “Great catch, son,” the father said.

“Yes, but I’m worried I’m missing out on better fish,” the son said. “What if I could catch a bigger, tastier fish?”

“Maybe you should try,” the father said.

And the son did, catching an even bigger fish an hour later. “A real beauty,” the father said.

“But what if there are better fish out there?” the son asked.

“Maybe you should try,” the father said.

And the son did, catching a bigger fish, and then wondering if there were better fish, he went on and on and on.

At the end of the day, the son was exhausted. The father asked, “How did the fish taste?”

The son hesitated. “I’m not sure. I was so busy looking for better fish that I didn’t taste any of them.”

The father smiled contentedly, patted his belly. “Don’t worry. They were delicious.”

Nugget of Life: There is no end to lovely things in the world & though it is our privilege to go out and get whatever we want in life, let us not get so over involved in the process of accumulation that we totally forget the very purpose of it!


Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 19 Life is like a Hula hoop

Hi, this week I’d like to share with you some life lessons from a Hula hoop.

The Hula hoop is a toy hoop twirled around the waist/ limbs/neck. Its history dates back to ancient Egypt, where hoops were made from grapevines/stiff grasses. The hoop became popular in the late 1950s when a plastic version was made. Today, people of all ages and from different walks of life, use the hula hoop for fun and for fitness.

I’ve been fascinated by the Hula hoop ever since I got my first pink and white one as a little girl. Twirling it always made me happy. The hula hoop is not only good for exercise; it is also a great stress buster and mood lifter! Can you even imagine a grim faced person twirling the hoop and not breaking out into a smile? That’s the magic of a hula hoop! 😉

While reading this article about Hulaerobics, some Life lessons came to me from some of the pointers mentioned :

1) Start with power : To get anything done in life ,we need to start strong and then work our way consistently towards our goal.

2) Move in the right direction: We need to know our destination if we have to reach there.

3) Be instinctive: Trust your heart, it never lies. It may make mistakes but it will never betray you.

4) Save the hoop at all costs: Sometimes when life’s storms hit, it is easy to give up but we need to push against the current and use every bit of our will to hang in there and do whatever we can so that we do not lose what we have.

5) Balance: We need to learn how not to rock the boat of our life. We can do this by Prioritization and seeing which area of our life needs our immediate attention at the present moment: Is it  Health/ Finances/ Career/ Relationship/ Family/Children/Spirituality/Hobbies/Interests.  (Related link : LIFE IS LIKE JUGGLING)

6) Breathe: I love this point- The author actually says “Remember to Breathe”– and yes ,we often need a  Breather in life – a well deserved TIME OUT where we can actually do something for ourselves that we love and enjoy so that we can get back to our life’s duties and responsibilities more energized and less stressed and frazzled.

7)Stand Tall: Another fav one- We need to recognize who we are and what we have.We can improve only  if we start with what we already have .

8)Be Patient: Not one of my natural virtues,but we need to be patient with ourselves and with others if we want to do better in life. 

Nugget of Life: Life is like a hula hoop,keep twirling to keep fit – (in every area of life) ; but more importantly don’t forget to have fun!

If you enjoyed this post, there’s more…. Here’s a FUN Hula hoop Song Video just for you!

Have a great week,


Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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