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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#113 Life lessons from a Butterfly!

images (1).jpgHi friends,

Yesterday as I looked out of my bedroom window, I saw an enormous butterfly with black and yellow wings.It was definitely a wonderful sight to behold. I could have spent the whole morning admiring its beauty but was suddenly stopped as my new friend quickly fluttered away. 😦 That set me thinking and this nugget came to mind.After some time just as if to say “Thank you”, it came back suddenly out of nowhere and hung around for some time and then once again fluttered away!

1) Life is momentary– Life is in fact “a sequence of many moments called now.”  There is no point in crying over the past or in stressing about the future.All we have is today and that too is a gift that is why it is called ‘Present’ and so let us treasure every moment of it. Just as the butterfly was there only for some brief moments, we don’t have any guarantee about the length of our or anyone else’s life. We are here today so let’s make sure we cherish the moments we have been given today!images (2)

2)Be the best ‘YOU ‘ that you can be –   Like that beautiful butterfly that I just had a glimpse of had made such an impact on me just by its presence ; similarly our first impressions must have a powerfully positive impression on others.This can be possible every time we meet a person as long as we work with a spirit of excellence in everything we do. images (3)

3) Gratitude- If like the butterfly which came back as if to just thank me, it would be such a blessing if we would remember to thank every person who has contributed in one way or another to the progress in our life. Our aged parents or grandparents, our college / school teachers who may have had a life changing influence on us or even an author or anyone else in our life who may have inspired us greatly to become what we are today. Writing a Thank you note or posting a Thank you card /message even visiting them would bring so much joy to both our and their lives.

If a Butterfly could brighten my day, just imagine how much you and I could do to make this world a happier place to live in ! 🙂

amazing-butterfly-smiley-emoticon-animation Nugget of Life – ” You were born with the ability to change someone’s life,don’t waste it.”- Unknown author

Have a beautiful week!

Cheers,

Sparkylaurie

 

 

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Nugget # 52 Life lesson from a New Neighbor

Hi friends,

We recently shifted house and with it came a whole new world of possibilities and challenges. The picture that comes to mind is the butterfly suddenly emerging from its cozy cocoon. Though change is definitely necessary for growth and often we may even desire it, the real truth is that transition is never easy.

While I left my older residence, the time came to say Good bye to my next door neighbor. I realized ruefully that though the two of us regularly smiled & made small talk with each other while we met in the lift, we had never really got to know each other. As we parted, we exchanged phone numbers as it dawned on both of us that caught up in the busyness of life in the past 3 years, we had wasted the opportunity to have become good friends. Determined not to repeat this mistake ever again, I looked forward to meeting new people and making new acquaintances & friends. This week, I’d like to share something my new neighbor just mentioned while we chatted. It took me a moment to grasp what she meant but as it sunk in; I loved what she said & so am sharing it with you.

What she said was this: “We are all here either temporarily permanent or permanently temporary.”

Though she was talking about how some of us plan to stay for longer periods but may have to leave before time and some of us come to stay for shorter periods but end up staying longer; so while we stayed together as residents of the building, it was good to maintain a close rapport with each other.

I totally agree with what she said but the lesson I learnt from her words was a bit more profound. How often we take what we have within us / around us for granted? Be it our health, our families, our friends, our loved ones, our neighbors, our acquaintances, our jobs, our colleagues, our talents….We conveniently forget that we are all here either  permanently temporary or temporarily permanent. Isn’t our life itself the greatest gift we have? There is so much truth in the saying “Familiarity breeds contempt” and yet I pray that may we never get so familiar with the people/ things /the blessings in our life so that if ever we lose them, we will never be haunted with the regret of having taken them for granted but instead we will have joyful memories of how we treasured what we once had.

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all  the world, your return.”- Mary Jean Iron

I think once we realize that everything including this life is just a gift and for a season; we will learn to be more grateful and make the most of what we have, while we have it and that will make everyday a day of joy & gratitude.

Nugget of Life: “Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile. Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Have a fun-filled week!

 

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 49 Life lessons from a Snowman!

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share some Life lessons from a Snowman.

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”-Dylan Thomas

1) Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.

2) Wearing white is always appropriate.

3) Winter is the best of the four seasons.

4) The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.

5) You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.

6) Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!

7) Don’t get too much sun.

8) It’s embarrassing when you can’t look down and see your feet.

9) It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.

10) Always put your best foot forward.

– Taken from Mikey’s Funnies

Click to enjoy these SNOWMAN Videos:

1)     FUNNY FROSTY THE SNOWMAN VIDEO:

http://youtu.be/uo7K0USPZRY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7K0USPZRY

2)     FROSTY THE SNOWMAN SONG:

http://youtu.be/IdK94SNHESA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdK94SNHESA

 Nugget of Life: Enjoy every season of life. In summer, enjoy the sun; have an ice-cream, spend a day at the beach. When snowy, have a snow fight, drink hot chocolate, make a snowman!“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ Art Linkletter

Have an awesome week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

Related Post : LIFE IS LIKE SEASONS

 
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Nugget # 26 Life is a GIFT

LIFE IS A GIFT, CHERISH IT!

Hi,

One of my close friends recently lost her husband quite unexpectedly. As I tried to comfort her in her grief, I just realized that this life that we all take for granted is truly a GIFT to be treasured and cherished.

A Gift is something that is given to us free and undeserved. And yet how often we look at the greener grass on the other side of the fence instead of enjoying what we have on our side of the fence? And if we are given a chance to get the other side ,we would definitely wish back that which we once had. Doesn’t every unmarried person sometime or other wish for the close companionship of marriage ? Doesn’t every married person sometime in life wish for the freedom of their single days?The unemployed wish they had a job and the employed are waiting for their vacation. The childless couple is frantically trying for a baby and the parent is screaming for some peace and quiet…. Sounds familiar? Well, it should – This is both my story and yours. And the irony of it all is that if by any chance we were granted exactly what we wished for, we would spend the rest of our lives miserable – wishing back what we once had.

It is human nature that we don’t realize the value of something unless we lose it. You know what I am talking about if you have ever searched for a safety pin when you needed one but couldn’t find one. On any other day we would ignore it -so small and insignificant a thing and yet how painstakingly we looked for it when it was not to be found and was needed? Isn’t there a lesson we can learn from this?No matter how small or insignificant a thing it may be in our life,it is ours and so let’s treasure it.For one day we may not have it.

I recently came across this gem as I watched the movie GUZAARISH

 “ Life is very short, my friends. But it is long enough, if you live with all your heart. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love deeply. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that made you smile.” – Ethan Mascarenhas,GUZAARISH.

 These are the magical words spoken by Ethan (the hero) who being immobilized for life by a spinal injury knows very well the value of all the little things that truly matter in this life.

Enjoy this touching Video which reminds us that we have ONE LIFE and we need to make time for the things that  truly matter before they are gone and we regret it!

Click : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJULo_zW9hA

 

Nugget of Life: LIFE IS A GIFT, CHERISH IT !  Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today!

 

 

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Nugget # 23 Life is like Seasons

Hi, this week I’d like to share a lesson that we can learn from Seasons. As the Seasons change, from spring-rainy-summer-autumn-winter, what is our reaction to each Season? This Collage of Seasons I made show some of our joyful reactions to each Season.

Sparky Laurie COLLAGE OF SEASONS

Inspite of being fully aware of the beauty of each Season, how often do we find ourselves waiting for a season change when going through some of the not so lovely phases of a particular season. Dripping sweat in summer we fantasize about snow. In the rainy season we look up into the skies longing for the faintest trace of sunlight to dry our clothes or to go out for a leisurely stroll in the park. Winters make us lazy. And then spring- every one’s immediate favorite; but what if every day was spring, how would we collect the lovely red leaves for our scrapbooks without autumn? Again without the monsoons how would we sail our paper boats or rain dance? Similarly how could we huddle by a warm and cozy fireplace drinking hot chocolate if there was no winter? Each season is good and we need seasonal changes. As the saying goes : “Variety is the spice of life”. Yet, there is no denying that we all have our favorites and my personal favorite has always been WINTER! Which is yours?

Now the analogy, Let us look at Our reactions to the Seasons of Our Lives. When we are infants, we want to grow up and go to school, when we get there, our eyes are on college, even before graduating ,our focus is on getting a job , then it is a promotion and then a career, a house, a marriage and then kids, and then grandkids ……and even before we know it, our lives suddenly stand still and we finally look into the mirror and see a wrinkled person whom we don’t recognize. Ruefully, we realize that it is our own reflection that we are staring at. All the while ; through every season we had been earnestly preparing to meet Life, failing to notice that she had been right beside us all the while.

Let this not be our sad story. Let us awake today to the season in our life and enjoy it to the fullest .

 

Nugget of Life:  “Revel in the freshness of Spring, Soak up the warmth of Summer, Relish the vibrance of Autumn, Face head on the crisp chill of Winter. Celebrate the Circle of Life.”-Chrissy Dewes.

Enjoy this lovely Video which reminds us of things we can be thankful for in each Season in Life:

 

Have a great week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Nugget # 13 Life Lessons from a Special Person in Life

Hi there, every one of us has a person who has turned our life around….and made us a better person by teaching us something we did not know before we met them. Has there ever been any such person in your life?

Maybe that person is a parent / Maybe a teacher/ Maybe a friend/ Maybe a celebrity /Maybe an author /Maybe a spouse /a boy friend/girl friend /Maybe a distant relative /Maybe even a stranger / a person whose name remains unknown to you till date but who has radically changed your life.

Sure, we all have many people who have taught us many things in life but if you were to select one person among them all, who will that one person be and what has that person taught you and thus made you what you are today?

I think I’ll go first. The person that comes to my mind is my 2 year old son. He has taught me many of the most important lessons of life that I could ever learn!

1)He has taught me how to Forgive and Forget-and how never to hold grudges – I just love him for that!

2)How to laugh from the heart – laughing at everything funny ; no matter where you are or who is watching!

3)He has taught me to enjoy the present moment – No kid ever postpones being happy for tomorrow. All that matters to them is to ENJOY wholeheartedly the NOW.

4)He has taught me how to dance to any music- I never danced before, always felt awkward and never graceful enough but now I dance with him and love it and he never makes fun of me! 😉

5)How to be grateful for everything- Anything new and different makes his eyes light up with curiosity and thanks.

6)How to be myself-Children are so bold and never afraid of being what they really are. It’s amazing how we can totally be unafraid to be ourselves when we are with children. Remember the Emperor’s New Clothes Story where only the little child told the truth since he was not afraid.

7)He has taught me that there is wisdom in everything around me: The child spirit which is always actively learning with wonder-filled eyes from everything around them can be so inspiring. No wonder they say : “Child is the Father Of Man!” 😉

NUGGET OF LIFE:  Listen to everyone and learn from everyone because nobody knows everything and everyone knows something!

Hope you enjoyed this post. Do take a moment to reflect on that extra special person in your life that has totally shaken you and made you a different person today. Would you like to share who that person is and how he/she has affected your life.

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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