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Nugget# 105 Life lesson from a Computer Hang up!

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Hi friends! First of all wishing you a bright & prosperous 2017! This week I would like to share a nugget that came to mind quite out of the blue! I was using my laptop when suddenly it hanged and wouldn’t respond to my inputs. Though I badly wanted to complete what I was doing, the computer page remained frozen. After trying a few more times to undo what I had done & retrieve the data, I had to give up. Nothing else could be done. The computer had to be rebooted. I had to now wait patiently as the PC shut down and restarted. This was taking more time than usual and I found myself hoping and praying that I would not have lost the data and could just resume from where I had stopped. Fortunately, after waiting for some time, I found the data and could continue my work at a quicker speed. That lit a bulb in my mind and I came up with this week’s nugget! Hope you like it 🙂

Caught up in the rat race of life, we try to do as much as we can in the time available. As a result, we end up becoming “human doings” rather than ‘human beings’. As in the case of the computer, sometimes we too need a break to unwind & reboot. Being aware of this, most of us wait for our annual leave to plan vacations & spend time relaxing but often these vacations actually end up making us more stressed/busy so that we find ourselves longing to get back to our normal routine!

As we all know, January is the best time for New Year Resolutions. Let’s try something different this year. Instead of adding more things to our ‘TO DO’ List, let’s take an inventory of our activities & then remove some things /prioritize the things that are really important. Let’s reboot our Laptop, our TV and even ourselves. It’s high time for a vacation for the Soul!

Just like my computer worked better and quicker after the reboot, I’m certain that when we are able to reboot our body, soul and spirit, our overall efficiency will definitely improve and we will begin to enjoy our life. Happy rebooting!


computer-work-smiley-emoticonNugget of Life: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including YOU!”- Anne Lamott

Have a refreshing week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on January 8, 2017 in LIFE LESSONS, Uncategorized

 

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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 #101 Life lesson from a 92 year old woman!

wondaHi friends,

This week, I’d like to share a wonderful poem gone viral on the Internet. Its wisdom from a 92 year old woman. The best part of being ready to learn from her is that we can learn in a few moments what took her 92 years to learn! 🙂

                                  The Giftwrap & the Jewel by Wonda B Goines (https://youtu.be/2YxCR2a-sxI)

 “I looked in the mirror and what did I see, but a little old lady peering back at me
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair, and I asked my reflection,
‘How did you get there?’
You once were straight and vigorous and now you’re stooped and weak, when I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection’s eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied, ‘You’re looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside.
A living gem and precious, of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on Earth
The years that spoil your gift wrap with other things more cruel, should purify and strengthen, and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then, when your gift wrap’s stripped away your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity.'”

Friends, all we have is a maximum of 70 , 80 or at the most 90 odd years. And who has any guarantee of that? If we were to breathe our last breath today, could we say without  a shadow of doubt that our jewel was so well polished that its sparkle actually lit the way for another? Will there be even a single person who would say with tears in their eyes that we had made a difference in their life? Friend, that’s what life is really about! That’s when we have ceased to exist and started to live!

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Nugget of Life: “Leave nothing but footprints, Take nothing but pictures, Kill nothing but time!”

 

Have a pleasant week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 100 Life lessons from a Sun flower!

downloadHi friends,

This week I’d like to share  life lessons from the sunflower. We all know how a sunflower looks, it’s a bright yellow flower resembling the sun. It has pretty yellow petals and a brown center which is actually composed of little florets. The sunflower belongs to the genus Helianthus annus. “Helios” meaning sun in Greek and “annus” meaning annual. The name is believed to have originated from the flower’s connection to the sun both in looks and behavior!

The part that intrigues me is that the sunflower always faces the sun. The sunflower is called a mystical flower which follows the sun from the east to the west from its rising to its setting. This phenomenon of solar tracking by the immature sunflowers is called heliotropism. The real reason for it being its narrow neck where most of the cell expansion occurs. This takes place at different rates on different sides of the stem. So, in the morning, most of this growth is on the West side of the stem so the flower tilts to the East; later on in the day we find stronger & faster growth on the north side, so the flower becomes tilted and so on until the evening when it ends up facing West. At night, the growth is on the West side so at the beginning of the day it is facing East again.

Life lessons:

1) The narrow neck of the flower is the actual reason for the sun-ward tilt – In life too we may have to go through narrow/hard areas or have weaknesses that cause us to turn towards God for strength.

2) It is the immature flowers that actually do solar tracking, once matured, the sunflowers no longer exhibit heliotropic behavior as the stem is generally frozen in an eastward facing position.-Similarly as we progress in life, our inconsistencies slowly begin to reduce & we begin to develop steady & consistent patterns of behavior which keep us stable in our faith. Like the old sunflower, no matter whether we can see the light or not, we remain steadfast in our Eastward location. We no longer vacillate from our position in uncertainty as we have now come to know the heart of God so intimately that we know for sure that He will come through for us no matter what we face. So dear friend, let me encourage you today, no matter how hard your present moment is, hang in there, don’t lose hope. Things always get worse before they get better. It’s always darkest before the dawn! Face the sun and stay immovable, the sun will undoubtedly come around the next morning and you will be glad that you stood your ground. 🙂

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Nugget of Life : “Hope is like the sun which as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.”-Samuel Smiles

Have a hope- filled weekend! See you next week,

Cheers,

Sparky laurie

Ref : http://www.sunflowerguide.com/facts-about-sunflowers.html

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 99 Life lesson from a pair of 3D glasses!

-Teenager-watching-a-3D-movie-with-retro-3D-glasses-Hi friends,

With the summer vacation here, my elder son and I were watching the adventure movie Spy Kids.  Having finished Part 1& 2, we were eager to see Part 3. I repeatedly tried different movie links to find the 3rd part online but was disappointed for the movie kept appearing blurred. Wondering why this was the case with all the links, I checked again. It is then that I noticed the title which said Spy Kids 3D. The movie was intended to be watched with 3D glasses, only then would it appear clear. That set me thinking & thus was born this week’s nugget! 🙂

3D_glassesThe technology behind how the 3 D glasses work is simply to recreate the way humans see normally. In other words, since our eyes are about 2 inches apart, they see the same picture from slightly different angles. Our brain then correlates the images it sees in the 2 eyes; this is called binocular vision. 3 D glasses work on this principle. A 3D film viewed without the glasses is a strange sight as it appears fuzzy or out of focus. With the help of the 3D glasses, the same scene is now projected simultaneously from red and blue colored filters which separate the 2 different images so that each image enters only 1 eye. Our brain puts the 2 pictures back together and thus we see the image in a third dimension making us feel part of the action instead of being a mere spectator ! Hence we dodge the flying meteor or scream in excitement as objects fly off the screen.
As we apply this same principle to our life, we can see that just as in the matter of the 3D movie, the different angles was the real cause of the blurry images which could be corrected by using the 3D glasses. Similarly our outlook on life depends greatly on the perspective we choose to view it from.

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There are many problems in life that we could easily overcome if we would just see things from a fresher perspective. For instance, a person we know rushes past us and we presume it was just because they wanted to avoid us but in reality the person may not even have noticed us or even could’ve been rushing to use the washroom 🙂  I’ve learnt that the best thing to do in any situation is to always believe the best of everybody. If something may still be troubling us, we could try to clear the air by initiating a friendly chat with them. Sometimes people may just require some time alone to process things and cool off. But most often,when we choose to speak openly rather than make assumptions/ jump to conclusions,  we would be surprised as to how complicated our minds may unnecessarily make things.  Often this feedback would give us input to improve our communication skills.At best, the bond may be strengthened as qualities like genuine concern, honesty and authenticity are the best ingredients for a good friendship.

Be-Positive

Often a closed door may be God’s way of redirecting us to something better. Instead of banging on that door till it breaks down or till our fists bleed, we could trust Him for He sees the bigger picture. He knows what’s best for us and will ensure that everything will work out for our benefit & open the right door at the right time.alarm clock I am reminded of the time when my hubby as a teenager had to cancel a much awaited hiking trip planned with his friends as he was suddenly diagnosed with chicken pox. All his friends were going and there he was stuck at home itching all over! It may not have made sense to him at that time. In fact, it may even have seemed unfair at that time , however it made sense to him the following day when he heard the heart-wrenching news of how all his four friends who had gone for the trip had been sucked in by a sudden water spiral current and had drowned in the river they were swimming that evening. Had my hubby not fallen sick,he would’ve  gone with them & may have been the 5th victim of that unfortunate tragedy.Talking about perspective, what had appeared to him as an irritating, untimely obstacle was actually a perfectly timed blessing by the protecting hand of the All Knowing God. We can thus be comforted on our worst day that the very thing we may grumbling about, may actually be our biggest blessing in disguise. The best approach in life for us is : 1) to always be thankful for everything; whether or not it makes sense & 2) to live in the moment.“Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.”-Soren Kierkegaard .

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Nugget of Life: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”- Marcel Proust

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2016 in LIFE LESSONS, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 98 Life lesson from a bunch of keys!

7233129-two-keys-for-homeHi friends,

This week I’d like to share a nugget that came to me a few days ago as I was locking our front door. After fiddling for some time with the key turning it over and over again in the lock, I said, “I wonder why this key just won’t turn.” That’s when my hubby called out to me, “are you sure you have the right key in?” That made me quickly check and I realized that I had the wrong key in. I then inserted the other similar key in the bunch. This time all it took was just one turn and voila! … Effortlessly the deed was done…door locked, we were ready to go!

That’s when this nugget dawned on me. Though the two keys in the bunch I used looked almost identical, they were not the same. Each was made for a different lock and only when the right key was put in, would it work.

Let me apply this key principle to different aspects of our everyday life:

1)Finding our Life purpose: We are all like the keys; having a special & specific purpose to accomplish. Only when we are rightly placed will we flourish or else we will always be dissatisfied or at the most we will try to put in our bare minimum. However, when we find out what we really enjoy and try our hand at that, no matter how small or insignificant it may start out, we will work with a spirit of excellence and that will lead to success.

HARD WORK + PASSION =SUCCESS. 

I’m reminded of the quote by Confucius: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Meaning that when we try something we love, we would enjoy it so much, we wouldn’t even call it work!

2) Relationships: All of us know people who we just meet and instantly connect without much effort. They usually with time, become our closest friends, maybe even our spouses. Such people are God-sent, one in a million! These are the ones the very thought of whom brings a smile to our face. The ones we click perfectly with just like the right key in the right lock!

3)Timing: Another area we could apply the key principle is in timing.When things don’t happen at the time when we want it to and we are forced to wait, we get impatient/ frustrated. We may even try hard to make things happen in our strength just as I had been struggling trying to fit the wrong key in the lock. Instead of messing things up, we need to learn to trust in Gods perfect timing. Eccl 3:1, 11-12“….there’s a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven….God has made everything beautiful for its own time. …. So I concluded that there’s nothing better for Gods people than to be happy and enjoy themselves for as long as they can.”-Bible

Thus we see that just as the right key in the right lock can open and shut things, similarly when we are in the right place,with the right people at the right time, miracles happen! Life becomes beautiful! 🙂

little_blue_fishy_swimming_lg_nwmNugget of Life: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein.

 Have a awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky laurie

 

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Nugget# 97 Life lessons from Baby N!

while-we-try-to-teach-our-children-all-about-life-our-children-teach-us-what-life-is-all-about9Hi friends,

As I was pondering on what to write this week, my one year old said forcefully “Sha”…I had heard baby N  say that word before and was wondering from where he had learnt it. I said “No Shaa baby… don’t say Shaa..”  But he continued to repeat it over and over again. There were many words that I had been repeating and reciting to him and he was learning; but here was this expression …that he had effortlessly picked up….and was repeating.

Later that afternoon as I was clearing up after lunch, I noticed baby quickly crawl into the kitchen and pick up something from the kitchen floor and put it into his mouth… “Sha”… escaped my lips as I ran to take that particle from baby’s mouth and quickly dispose it off. That’s when I realized to my utter amazement the source from where baby N had picked up his new fav phrase! shocked-smiley-emoticon

That set me thinking…

1)How often when we act mindlessly or sometimes due to preoccupation with many things, we may  respond in a way that may not even be aware of.

2)People who look up to us often catch the things we least expect them to and so we have to make a deliberate effort to be intentional (as much as possible) with our words as they do influence others.

To continue the story,  I couldn’t help laughing out aloud as I watched my lil one’s mischievous grin & sparkling  eyes as he was enjoy repeating “Sha” every time I tried to make him stop.

Let me apply this nugget to our life. Whenever we find imbalance in any area of our life, we usually think of change. To facilitate this,(full of good intentions) we make resolutions as we decide to strengthen our will to say “NO” to the addiction (be it food, TV, sports, work, people, shopping, drugs etc) Ironically, though we may succeed initially, it is only a matter of time that we will soon get tired of resistance & throw in the towel.

By doing this, we repeat the mistake that I made when correcting my baby. While correcting him, I had tried to make him stop by focusing fully ONLY on what needed to be changed. Unknowingly I had drawn both of our attention to that which we actually needed to forget. Was it any surprise that he remembered that word perfectly? The right way to correct baby was to teach him another word or to distract him or to entertain him with something more interesting that would make him forget what he was repeating. The same thing applies to us. Sharing  below some practical tips to help us overcome old habits /learn new ones.animated-smileys-thinking-20

Sparky Laurie’s 10 Rs to either learn /unlearn something: 

  1. Reason – Prepare a Declaration of Freedom for ourselves by listing the reasons why we choose to break free from that habit or learn a new way of life.
  2. Remind – Keep a print out of the Declaration (mentioned above) in front of us to empower us as we realize that we have chosen to break the power of the bad habit over us and be its slave no more/ Or work intentionally towards the goals we plan to achieve.
  3. Replenish – When we are tempted (to give in or give up),we could think of an appealing alternative action that we could engage in rather than use that time and energy in combat.
  4. Relate –  Seek a support system, for instance call up a favorite friend/parent/ relative  and converse about anything else except our struggle. No matter how many times it tries to creep into the conversation, switch gears. Give it neither our attention nor our time.
  5. Repeat- Say aloud, “I am made for better things than this. I will live my life to its fullest.”
  6. Review – Make a bucket list of the impossible things we would like to try in our life time. Even updating it when we hit our lowest point would uplift us and bring us back on track.
  7. Relax-Take a break, go out for a walk, breathe slowly. Get some sunshine. Feel the breeze. Smell the flowers. Thank God for life.
  8. Refresh –Do something for brightening up someone else’s day. Give someone a lift, smile at a passerby.
  9. Rejoice- Watch a Madea movie and laugh out loud… its wisdom and humor all in one!
  10. Recreate –Everyone is made in the image of God and He has deposited a part of Him in every one of us. Our gift is that which we could naturally do, that which brings us joy, that which excites & invigorates us. “That which honors God, blesses others and delights your heart, that is your calling, that’s your gift!” Discover and cherish your gift.

Coming back , I distracted baby N to see and enjoy a few other things and finally he stopped what he was initially saying. And just when I thought I had nailed it , ….guess what?  …..Baby N says out aloud…. “Sha…” LOL…. 🙂 ….well, I guess that’s going to take a little more time!

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The same may be the case with many of us as we try to overcome or learn new things. Always remember that No matter how many times we fail, each time we emerge stronger if we determine to learn and persist.

baby-pooh-icon-emoticon-032Nugget of Life : “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”- Socrates

Have a fun filled week,

Cheers,

Sparky laurie

 

 

 

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