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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!



Sparky Laurie


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

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 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,


Sparky Laurie


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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 26 Life is a GIFT



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!

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




Sparky Laurie


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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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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.


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,


Sparky Laurie

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


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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.


Sparky Laurie

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


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 “Life is like a Cafeteria. You take your tray, select your food and pay at the other end. You can get anything you want as long as you’re willing to pay the price. If you wait for people to serve you, you will wait forever. Life is like that too. You make the choices and pay the price.”-Author Unknown

Life is like a cafeteria!

Just like a good cafeteria will offer you a wide range of delicious food to choose from, life offers us a myriad of opportunities to choose from. The options are there before us and we need to grab hold of what we want before it is too late! Why do some succeed while others only remain to watch others succeed? This is not due to the lack of opportunity or availability of resources but due to the differences in response.

Inspired by the above quote, let me introduce you to 10 kinds of people standing in a Cafeteria line and each responding differently leading to his /her failure or success :

1) The person who doesn’t really know what he wants: Is it a sweet/savory, vegetarian /non vegan dish that he would like?-These kinds of people will never be satisfied simply because they don’t know what they really want. They need to spend some time and find out what they really want and then go get it and pay the price.

2) The person who knows what he wants but is not willing to take a risk for fear of appearing foolish or being mistaken: These people never achieve anything coz they believed their fears and not their heart to follow their dreams.

3) The one who selects exactly what the person in front of him took, not bcoz he wants that but bcoz he has minimized his risk by avoiding to make his own choices- This refers to those who play it safe in life by going with the current, doing what everyone else is doing and so avoid the risk of criticism or failure. These people appear to be doing great on the outside,however, in their hearts they know that they haven’t got what they really wanted as they have settled for something less!

4) Those who wait too long ,so that by  the time they have made up their mind, the bell rings and the cafeteria closes ! – Life is too short and uncertain to take forever to make our choices. I’d say enjoy what you can, while you can!

5)Those who go to the other extreme and make hasty ,irrational choices and buy too many of the same kind too quickly, thus ruining their chance of trying another delicacy-This refers to those kinds of people who thrive on instant gratification of the senses ,never considering the other options available and thus make foolish choices which they regret later.

6)Those who do not have enough money and so borrow from others and enjoy what they  like but later conveniently  forget to return the money.-This one is about those kind of people who forget to be grateful. The point to emphasize here is not the money but the ingratitude. You can pay back every dime and still have an ungrateful heart.

7)Those who have loaded pockets but miserly hearts and decide to go hungry rather than part with cash-In spite of having money,this type choose to go hungry,leaving just as they came.It is indeed ironical that sometimes the poor actually are richer than the rich.This refers to the miserly attitude of some people who never enjoy anything even if they can.

8)Those who come and check out their options,intend to buy but postpone their decision for a later time This refers to those kinds of workaholics who make enough money to buy the whole cafeteria and yet leave hungry! True, they may be too busy to sit down for a whole meal but they could surely have managed a few moments for a quick sandwich which would have given them more strength in their work. This refers to those people who are fun lovers at heart but spend all their life postponing and never end up having fun. They have everything in LIFE but sadly,they have no LIFE!

9)Then we can find the kind that come in check out the MENU and start finding fault and criticizing everything .They brag about the great cafeteria they could have run but the truth is they never do anything and they also leave hungry.-This refers to the those people who always find fault and criticize others who try to reach their dreams.Though these people may have greater ideas and even greater potential ,instead of using what they have and making the best of it,they choose to be negative and leave hungry!

10)And then there are those who check out the available options ,decide what they want, place it on the tray and sit down and enjoy their meal –These are the SUCCESSFUL people who know what they want, get what they want and enjoy what they want!

Question: Ask yourself which of the above 10 persons do I truly represent today by my life choices?Are there any changes that I’d like to make?


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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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