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Nugget # 66 Life lesson from my little boy!

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share a life lesson that came to my mind as I watched the little “power-struggles” of my two and half year old son.

I smiled amused as I heard the small grunts of my little one as he unsuccessfully tried to put his backpack on by himself without allowing me to help him with it. After some time, he wanted to eat a banana himself but he just could not figure out how to peel it. As I reached out to help him, he gave me a “don’t  even think about it ” look. Later, I listened to his frustrated little whimpers and snorts as he had managed to put his shoes on himself but with the wrong foot in each shoe. Once again he would not allow me to even get anywhere near the shoes.  The same thing continued as his little hands tried other things. I was filled with joy as I watched my little one take his first steps to independence but seeing his frustration as he tried to do things himself made me wish that he would just let me help him!:)

I reflected on my little one’s actions and started thinking…. How very like him we all are. The business of letting go of things – is not easy. For any of us. We all want to do things in our way and are so unwilling to surrender things to God and watch and learn from Him even when we know that His ways are definitely higher and better than our ways.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”- Isa 55:9

I can almost imagine God with an amused grin on His kind face as He watches us stubbornly cling on tightly to that which we could leave peacefully in His gentle hands.

Click to sing along with Jim Reeves: HAVE THINE OWN WAY LORD

http://youtu.be/U9R5bQhxnTM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9R5bQhxnTM

Nugget of Life: “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.”

Have a blessed week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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

 

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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 # 47 Life lesson from a Shadow!

Hi friends,

 This morning I watched my shadow move on the sunlit ground in front of me. That set me thinking and gave me the nugget for this week.

All of us know what shadows are. On looking it up, this is what I could come up with. By definition, a shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. The cross section of the shadow is in fact a reverse projection of the object blocking the light. The sun causes objects to have shadows and at certain times of the day, when the sun is at certain heights, the lengths of shadows change.

“We never need to fear the Shadows because it only means that there is a light shining near somewhere”- Ruth E Renkel 

Shadows are the result of the presence of both light and darkness. If it is total light or total darkness, there would be no shadow at all. All of us have shadows in our life, meaning we have both light and darkness in us. Light represents all that is good such as truth, love, kindness, mercy, patience, charity, loyalty, etc while darkness represents the negativity, unkindness, hatred, intolerance, impatience, miserliness, deception, etc in us that obstructs the light from shining through.

 “Every life has dark tracts and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light and flings no shadows on the canvas.”- Alexander MacLaren

 “An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows.”- Author Unknown

As long as we are alive we will always be shadows with our light and dark side. However, just like the sun causes shadows to change by varying its position, similarly we too can cause changes in the Shadows of our life by positioning ourselves either closer or farther from the light source. Either we can move closer to the light and the shadows will become lighter or we can move away from the light and the shadows will become darker.

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine” – Henry Ward Beecher

Nugget of Life : ” Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and the shadows will fall behind you.”- Walt Whitman.

Click to enjoy this amazing Shadow Show :    http://youtu.be/j_YwSqDRksw

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

Have a sunny week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
 

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Nugget # 28 Life lessons from an old donkey!

Hi friends, today I’d like to share with you a story of a wise old donkey.

One day, a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to him to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally peered down the well and  was astounded by what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up on the new layer of dirt. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to the shock and astonishment of all the onlookers, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off happily! 

These are 2 lessons I learnt from the story: 

1)Often in life we may find ourselves in deep wells and life may shovel all kinds of dirt onto us but instead of letting the dirt bury us ,we need to refuse to give up and shake it off and step up on it!

2) The story starts with the donkey crying for help but ends with the donkey happily trotting away. What was the reason for this change? When the donkey realized that his survival depended on himself, it is only then that he realized his inner strength. Age had weakened his body but sharpened his mind. Often it takes some hard knocks in life for us to realize our true inner mettle and strength! Don’t look around for help, but look within.

 

Nugget of Life : The only difference between Stumbling Stones and Stepping Stones is the way in which we use them!  We can either complain about the obstacle or we can choose to climb over it.

 

 Here are some inspiring life stories of people who changed their Scars into their Stars!

1)Some of the best music was composed by Beethoven. His handicap was that he was deaf.

2)Some of the best poetry written on nature was written by Milton, he was blind.

3)Helen Keller was both blind and deaf and yet her contributions to society is more than any hearing or seeing person could ever have done in his lifetime. Her life continues to be an inspiration to many of us who love her quotes. One of my favorites is ” Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” I wonder if we would have got to hear this amazing truth from her had she not known blindness and deafness herself.

4)One of the greatest world leaders was US Psdt  Franklin D Roosevelt, he served from a wheelchair

5)And now to share with you one of my heroines. Enjoy this Video of Jessica Cox – the first armless pilot in History! She is the woman who JUST DOES IT!

Click :   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcr0U2KRLrc

 

PS: 6)And there is one more person who definitely should be added to this list and he is JAMES JOYCE *(thanks for bringing it to my notice BalladeerHere’s what I found out after reading up on the life of James Joyce ; One of the most infuential writers of the early 20th century ; best known for his landmark novel Ulysses. He has undergone every kind of suffering imaginable –  Just to mention a few, death of 2 of his siblings (typhoid),life-long cynophobia (abnormal fear of dogs after being bitten by a dog), keraunophobia (fear of thunder & lightning) , suspension from work,poverty, medical college drop out,loss of his mother to cancer which devastated him, severe drinking problem, terrible money management problems, his wife suffered from schizophrenia , eye problems that required over a dozen surgeries which ultimately rendered him blind and finally his fatal ulcer problem! – And we complain about suffering? – I think this man definitely takes the prize for turning his scars into his stars ! What do you think?

Have a great week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 11 Life is like a Mirror

“Life is like a mirror. If you frown at it, it frowns back. If you smile at it, it returns the greeting.” – Herbert Samuels

 If Life is like a mirror and we should smile at it if we want a smile back, let me ask you a question, who is the first person you see in the mirror? Yes, the answer is YOU. Now another qsn : How often do you truly smile at yourself in a genuine, warm way? I’m definitely not talking about narcissism here, just an honest self appreciation of our very person-hood.

If you are like the vast majority of us are, we very often forget to smile at ourselves. Let’s just take a peek into what really happens during our busy days : When our bodies are tired and screaming for rest, we quickly gulp down some black coffee and try to meet deadlines. When our stomach growls reminding us to eat, we just ask it to wait and we continue the task at hand. When our mind tells us that we are reaching our limit and need a vacation, instead of taking a break we shut ourselves up by looking at the pending items on our ‘To Do List’-  Let alone smiling …aren’t we honestly being downright cruel to ourselves?

To put it simply “Don’t we just take ourselves for granted sometimes? We would never treat another person in a similar manner,then why do we do this to ourselves? To quote Elizabeth Kubler Ross : The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”

 As our title quote suggests, have we through our self negligent actions unknowingly been frowning at our person in the mirror ; at ourselves? Is there anyone else to blame for the frowns we get back? The frowns which come in the form of –aches and pains / ulcers and tumors /burn out and stress/ anger, frustration and hurt? Is it any reason that overwhelmed in life we sometimes go out into the world unknowingly bearing a grimace and wonder where are  all the friendly faces?And yet when we are kinder to ourselves- by taking good care of our health and nutrition/when we get sufficient rest & recreation/when we create opportunities to pursue our interests, aren’t we actually smiling at our person in the mirror ; at ourselves?And then doesn’t the world seem a much better place?

It all starts with us learning to love ourselves and listening to what the man in the mirror is telling us. Give him your keen attention, listen to what he is trying to tell you and you will have a wonderful best friend for life. Ignore, abuse or frown at him and he will become your worst enemy forever.

A smile is the lighting system of the face; cooling system of the heart and boosting system of the mind….so keep smiling!

 

NUGGET OF LIFE:  Smile and the world smiles with you but always remember to reserve your very best smile for the man in the mirror, as  he is the one who deserves it the most !

 

 Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 10 Life is not a race!

Life is not a race, do take it slower ….

This week I’d like to share a poem written by a terminally ill teenager in a New York hospital:

I think it says it all…we may have the most valuable lesson of life to learn from him….

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask, “How are you” Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down, don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch; let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time to call & say, “Hi”

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift….thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower

Hear the music, before the song is over.

 

 

   NUGGET OF LIFE:  Enjoy the Dance of Life while the Music lasts!

 

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

 

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Nugget # 9 Life is like a jigsaw puzzle!

“Life is like a Jigsaw Puzzle without the picture on the box”-Author Unknown

 

All of us are familiar with jigsaw puzzles. We usually start off by looking at the picture on the box and use that as a guideline to help us put the individual pieces where they belong. In the process of completing the puzzle, we may refer more than once to the completed picture when we are doubtful. It is exciting to watch how all the individual pieces finally come together and make the complete picture.

However, what if you were given all the individual pieces but no picture as a guideline? Would it be as easy or as fun? I doubt it…many of us would just push away the pieces for some other day. It is the uncertainty of knowing what to look for that actually makes the task seem more tedious than it should have been.

The same thing is applicable in our lives too. We are given a whole lot of pieces (our jobs/ careers/ health/ finances/spouses/children/relatives/friends/neighbors/societies/our responsibilities/duties/our dreams/our goals/our talents/our time/our spirituality/our interests/our hobbies, etc)….a million and one pieces that keep on increasing day by day. With no picture to guide us, we may get frustrated trying to fit in the available pieces one by one.

But what if the Creator of the Picture puzzle suddenly comes in and guides us piece by piece telling us which piece goes where. Suddenly, we don’t need to see the picture because we know that we are in safe hands and can see that we are progressing in the right direction.

As we slowly finish off the individual pieces, our excitement levels are at its peak. The best part is saved for the last and we get a surprise on seeing the completed picture at the end! Suddenly we realize that this was the best picture puzzle game that we have ever played.

NUGGET OF LIFE: Each day of your life is like another individual piece in the puzzle.Take care of the individual pieces and the big picture will take care of itself!

 And for those of you who may be missing a piece in the jigsaw puzzle of your life, here is a clue: http://sparkylaurie.blogspot.com/2011/06/16th-june-2011-what-is-that-missing.html

 Cheers,

 Sparky laurie

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

 

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