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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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Nugget # 83 Life lesson from an Irreplacable Loss

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Hi friends,

This week I just want to share with you a truth that has been staring at me in the face for some time now . And that is the importance of living in the moment. The sudden demise of my brother- in -law ‘V’ due to a cardiac arrest shook us all so badly and even 2 months later the pain is still raw. But like they say, life’s greatest teacher is pain.

‘V’ was a wonderful person who enjoyed his life and everyone who knew him had many good things to say about him. One thing I could surely say about him was that he definitely lived in the moment.

That set me thinking. What about us ? Many times we postpone things for a later moment and leave it for some other day .How many kind words do we leave unspoken? Many times we forget to express appreciation for something someone does, maybe we are so caught up in our troubles and the speed of life that we allow small opportunities to just slip by. Sometimes we are not even aware of how much influence a simple “thank you” or “good job done” may brighten up the day of another, be it the clerk at the supermarket or the doorman or even the waitress who takes down our order.

There is no better day to start than today. As they say, life comes full circle and the goodness you sow into another person’s life will surely come back ,in a manner and at a time we may never know. Life is not something that comes with an expiry date so that we know when we are going to die and so let us let go of all our grudges and celebrate each and every moment.  More importantly let’s make it a priority to tell the people in our life that we love them as tomorrow may never come either for us or for them!

3D_emoticon_S301Nugget of Life: ‘The secret of life is letting go. The secret of love is letting it show.’

Enjoy this lovely song : http://youtu.be/sSNl3MORvMo

 

Have a great week!

Sparkylaurie

 
 

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Nugget # 77 Life lesson from a little birdie!

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”- Buddha

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share something I learnt from a little birdie that kept pecking on its reflection in the glass. It was as if it was not pleased with what it saw and was trying somehow to make things better.

Isn’t that the way some of us are with ourselves? I mean, we can be understanding and merciful when it comes to others but some of us (me included) can be our own harshest critic sometimes. We can overlook the mistakes of others but we look at our shortcomings through magnifying glasses so that things appear out of proportionately worse off than it really is.

Oft late I have come to notice that people hardly notice or even make as much of an issue as we do of our own goof ups. I mean everyone knows that after all no one is perfect. Then why do we like that cute little bird peck unapprovingly at our reflections when we fail in life? The truth I learnt from that lil bird was that we could definitely enjoy life a lot more if we could just give ourselves a break sometimes and quit being so hard on ourselves whether to be right for acceptance or just for no reason at all!

Life itself can be tough enough without us having to make it harder for ourselves. Often it may be the reactions of people who don’t understand or approve of us that cause us to introspect and analyse ourselves but sometimes it might just be the inner perfectionist in us who looks for areas to tweak to improve. Whatever be the source we just need to silence our inner critic and laugh at ourselves some more. After all, how can we enjoy the beauty in ourselves if we continue pecking at our reflections on the window?

Nugget of Life: View your life with Kind sight. Stop beating yourself up about things from your past. Instead of slapping your forehead and asking: “What was I thinking?” Breathe and ask yourself the kinder question: “What was I learning?”- Author Unknown

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparkylaurie

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 32 Life is like a Storybook!

“Our life is like a storybook with many good tales to tell but our best stories will always be the ones of our random acts of kindness.”- Sparky Laurie

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to start by sharing a story that I recently came across.

“The Wise Woman’s Stone” 
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”-  Author Unknown

All of us have wonderful stories from the pages of our life to tell the world: stories of our fun times, successes, power, influence, strength, courage but the stories that will always be fondly remembered will be the stories of our humanity.

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”-William Wordsworth

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”- Leo Buscaglia

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Wherever there is a human being, there is a chance for a kindness.”- Seneca

 “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”-Mother Teresa

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”- Philo

I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”- Stephen Grellet.

“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”  George Washington Carver

Of all the people in our lives, I think the elderly and the aged deserve the cream of our heart’s kindness, love and respect. If only we would sit down with them and give them the gift of our “listening ears” and allow them to share with us their stories; the glorious & happy moments of their life! Often we forget that they have lived a full life before us and hence passed through every stage we go through. We enter a whole new world of wisdom as we learn from their valuable experiences. Often many of us presume that they wouldn’t want to be bothered and would like to be left alone with some peace and quiet but studies show that majority of  the old/aged would actually love good company. As in reality, they are lonely souls who are today’s forgotten heroes. Their once sturdy bodies now weak /bent over, their once smooth skin now wrinkled, their once lustrous hair may be just a few thin strands, their eyesight dimmer, their hearing impaired, their voices softer, their memories duller, their tempers shorter…. but if we just cared to look deep into their eyes and sincerely tell them how much they are needed, loved & appreciated, we will most definitely see a twinkle in their eyes, a spring in their step, a song in their heart and a soft smile on their face. That will be our divine moment; when even the vilest of us can feel a genuine holiness within; we will feel a high that no drug can give. That magical moment when we care enough to tell someone that they are loved and that they truly matter to us.Is there an aged person around you whom you can celebrate kindness with?

In this touching Video below, the Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan actually celebrates his grandmother’s 1st birthday*(watch to find out how) on the Grand Finale of the Just Dance Show 2011 It truly brought tears to my eyes as I saw the genuine kindness of this noble soul who cared enough to honor his grandparents in front of the whole watching world. Definitely a lesson we can all learn about not forgetting our roots when we bear fruits.

Click here to watch :   http://youtu.be/aSIdgjEG5Yk

 

 

Nugget of Life :Make your life a memorable story by doing all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, at all the times you can , by all the means you can as long as you ever can!”

Have a wonderful week,

 

Cheers,         

Sparky laurie

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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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