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Nugget # 76 Life lesson from the movie ENGLISH VINGLISH!

Hi friends,

This week I’d like to share a very valuable life lesson I learnt from the recently released Bollywood film English Vinglish. A feel good movie for people of all ages. You can read the story line and review here.

Click here for Title Song: http://youtu.be/jqxF6MT4sZo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxF6MT4sZo

The lesson I learnt from Shashi (Sridevi) is the importance of Self respect. It’s admirable how this selfless wife and mother finally makes a decision to do something for herself (learn English) after being put down repeatedly by her husband and teenage daughter for not being able to speak English. She capitalizes on an opportunity that comes her way, by believing in herself and secretly working very hard.She finally surprises everyone with a Speech (about marriage and relationships) in perfect English and thus earns for herself the much deserved respect of all she knows; something that she had always yearned for.

In today’s highly competitive world, genuine appreciation/ encouragement and pats on the back never come easy and so in order to be truly happy, we need to learn how to be our own best friend first. It is when we love and respect ourselves that we can get ahead in life. And the way we treat ourselves often sets the standard for others to treat us.

Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth we have spoken it. ~Whitney Griswold

Click to enjoy this wonderful Inspirational Video on Self Respect!  :

http://youtu.be/0lTTZQwQgAE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lTTZQwQgAE

Nugget of Life : “ Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to become a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself and let your light shine! – Author Unknown”

Have a wonderful week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 64 Life is like a box of Crayons!

Hi friends,

This week I have compared the different colored crayons from a box to the 4 different kinds of personality types  we meet in life. Hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! 🙂

Each of us is given a box of crayons to color with.

Firstly, there are colors like orange & pink that brighten our picture- Just like the bubbly, upbeat sanguine personality types who brighten up our lives.

Next are the loud red and yellows much like the choleric personalities who though domineering, are the real Initiators who make things happen.

Then there are the blues, purple and the black which darkens our picture. These are the melancholic personalities; the thinkers and analyzers who bring to our attention details for notice.

Finally, there are the “cool” colors like green and brown ; who are like the easy going phlegmatic personalities – so flexible and relaxed that they make the best out of any color combination.

Just as we need all of the above colors to make a beautiful portrait on the white paper, in the same way, we need all 4 personality types to make our life colorful.

Also remember, “You have to color outside the lines once in a while to make your life a Masterpiece!”

Nugget of Life: Just because you don’t look like the other “crayons” in the box, that does not mean you cannot make the most beautiful pictures! Don’t ever give up on You!

Have a colorful week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 45 Life is a song!

Life is a song, sing it!

Hi friends,

There are some people though we may never have met in life ,yet bring so much happiness to our days  that when they leave us all on a sudden, we feel a sense of loss , an emptiness because quite often,even unknown to us they actually held such a special place in our hearts. These are people of POWER and influence who have conquered not by war but by love. The beloved Mother Teresa , Lovely Princess Di  are some such unforgettable personalties whose  life songs continue to linger on our lips long after they have left us,not because they were perfect people but because they were people who genuinely loved and cared. Today the world all over grieves the demise of another such amazing woman who sang her way into our hearts and this post is for you our lovely  Whitney Houston. Thanks for singing your way through life and brightening so many of our days with your love.We will always love you Whitney!

Click here to enjoy my fav Whitney song  which made her the best selling single female artist in music history. “I will always love you”- from “The Body Guard”

http://youtu.be/H9nPf7w7pDI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9nPf7w7pDI

Nugget of Life : Life is a Song. Make sure you sing yours so beautifully that when its time for you to go, you will have left behind endless musical echoes resounding!:)

Have an awesome week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 39 Life lesson in adversity

Hi friends,
The last few weeks have been life changing for me. Honestly speaking I was truly shaken to the core with every kind of adversity thrown against me all on a sudden. A fractured foot, misunderstandings, power failure,cold indifference , you name it, I experienced it. I was even asked “why can’t you think like others?” When I was asked the same question I‘ve often asked myself many times in the past, something inside me just broke. I think it was my spirit. To put things in simple words, I had hit rock bottom and was full of questions and with zero energy. Your sparky laurie had actually lost her “spark”! It was as if a dark cloud loomed over my horizon and I was paralysed to fight it!It was at this time that a very dear friend of mine (who inspite of having undergone a rough patch in her life recently ) stood by me with love and encouragement. Today she smiles with me as the sun shines on my horizon once again.Thank God for the wonderful gift of friendship! She is the kind of friend I aspire to be and I want to have forever!

The quote “In prosperity your friends know you, but in adversity you know your friends” suddenly became my life truth.  Today I realize how in the past I’ve wasted a lot of my time trying to make every relationship in my life work optimally , even some that never brought me any joy! In my simplistic way of thinking, I would tell myself if I would just be kinder or try harder, I could make this work but oft late I’ve realized that there is nothing more complex than human relations. People are not always straightforward and often behave in various ways because of different reasons and life is too short and too precious for us to sit and wonder why. Let us celebrate life with those wonderful people who we actually enjoy relating to, who understand and love us for who we are, who believe the best about us even when things may appear otherwise, who love us enough to confront and clarify maybe even correct us when we are wrong, whose thoughtful silences and kind actions speak louder to us than words, those special people the very thought of whom brings rest, freshness and joy in our minds. People who enrich our lives and whom we can learn from and grow with.
As I always say, there is a lesson to learn from everything in life and the lesson I learnt during this hard ordeal in my life was that some friendships work, some don’t and some change with time and that is alright! 😉

Nugget of life : “There comes a time in life when we have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround ourselves with people who make us laugh so hard that we forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy!
 

I take this opportunity to thank all of you my blogger friends who have spoken words of appreciation and encouragement to me especially in these last few weeks. Little did you know how much your kind words meant to me during that trying period of my life! Thank you from the depths of my heart! 😉
Have a fun filled week!
Cheers,
Sparky laurie

 

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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 36 Life lesson from a Baby-sitter!

Hi friends,

I think this is a good time to share with you a comment by a blogger buddy in a previous post (Nugget # 13). that actually made me sit up and think. In the 2nd part of her comment she mentioned that “her most effective teachers were often people who she had trouble with and that she was thankful for them in her life.” Wow… this was definitely a new one for me and I am sure for many of us. We often like to remember and learn from the people who bring happiness into our lives but how many of us ever consider as special the many unpleasant encounters we have everyday? With that as background, I’d like to share a special lesson I have learnt from a not so pleasant experience with a baby sitter!

The main reason we opted for this baby sitter was that she lived close by. We checked out the place and everything seemed okay.The next day I had my maternal separation pangs as I very reluctantly parted with my 8 months old baby for the first time and hurried off to work. I somehow finished work and rushed back relieved to find my son sleeping comfortably. Satisfied with the babysitter, I was about to close the deal and asked her the monthly charges. Her reply made me change my decision in the twinkling of an eye. After telling me her charges, she added that if she found that the baby was noisy/troublesome the rate would increase. On hearing that, the mother bear in me just growled angrily but somehow I kept my cool and told her that I would discuss the matter with my husband and get back to her.

It truly wouldn’t have mattered to me if she had asked for a higher charge. What caused me to change my decision was that she looked at my baby and haggled about the price as if he were a commodity of enterprise.  That made me seriously doubt the ability of this woman as a baby sitter who was cashing out on the unknown/ unpredictable behavior of a little baby. I immediately started my search for other babysitters. I told my husband that I was not going to allow her to go so easily and would give her a good piece of my mind along with the day’s charge. Though equally displeased with the sitter, my hubby (who is by nature easy- going & patient) told me that though my anger was totally justifiable I should just let it go. He explained that though people may behave badly with us and we definitely would like to just cut them off, we need not convey that to them since we never know when we may need them again. So I took his advice, swallowed my anger, prayed about it and said goodbye to the babysitter with a peace & grace that actually amazed both her and me ! Little did I know how prophetic my husband’s words would turn out!

That happened a few months later when my new babysitter had to change location due to her husband’s transfer and so there I was again in need of a babysitter. Boy was I glad I had followed my husband’s wise counsel that day! This time when I met with her, I noticed a marked difference in her. She seemed extremely considerate and took such good care of my son that I was literally surprised. When I spoke about the rates because my timings had now changed, she said in a slightly embarrassed tone that it didn’t really matter and she even gave me a very good discount! That day I saw firsthand evidence of “GOOD OVERCOME EVIL”.That incident taught me the power of believing the best about people and being kind enough to overlook an offense even when treated badly.Many times it may not be easy and sometimes to walk away in silence is all that we can do but whatever we do,we must do it from the heart.

Friend, I just want to encourage you today.All of us go through tough times in life and people often behave thoughtlessly or in an unkind manner, maybe even hurting us unknowingly, repay them by sowing a seed of kindness.Shame them with genuine love.Though change may not be as quick/dramatic as it was in the story above, it will surely come. I truly believe in the Law of Sowing & Reaping. [Some call it Karma] “As you sow, so you reap.”  If you sow love, you will reap love.  Results may not come as soon as we expect it or even in the way we expect it, but take my word for it, it will come in such abundance that it will leave you in open mouthed wonder!

Click here to watch this amazing Movie: CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR http://youtu.be/9DXL9vIUbWg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DXL9vIUbWg

Nugget of Life: “If what you have is not what you need, it’s not your harvest it is your seed!”No good deed is ever wasted.Sow a seed today and reap a harvest tomorrow.”

Have a wonder – filled week! 😉

PS: Travelling next week and so the post is early!

 Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 31 Life is a Paradox!

Hi friends,

As we look closely around us we will be able to recognize that LIFE is indeed a PARADOX. Now what do we mean by a Paradox? A paradox is “a statement that seems self-contradictory, but actually contains the truth.” Some examples are : 1) “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”- (Mother Teresa) 2) Another perfect example would be the following humorous quote by Oscar Wilde:

This week I’d like to share with you a thought provoking essay that beautifully points out to us the paradoxes of our modern day life. (Note : Though the essay is actually written by Dr. Robert Moorehead, it has been circulating as an email in a different format giving credit to the comedian George Carlin. Carlin himself has clarified that he is not the author. However the email still circulates with Carlin’s name attached. Below is the original from Dr. Moorehead’s book, ‘Words Aptly Spoken’ written in 1990 & published in 1995.) Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember to say “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:  Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

* [Source: “Paradox of our Age”-‘Words Aptly Spoken,’ by Dr Robert Moorehead]

Click to enjoy a Video Scripting of the above magnificent piece!   http://youtu.be/rfjfVmiSaf8

 

Nugget of Life: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

 Have an amazing week,

 

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 30 Life is like Fruit Salad!

Hi friends,

Just imagine a bowl of fruits soaked in creamy vanilla custard with a red cherry on the top, yum! My favorite dessert, any day. Is there anyone who does not love fruit salad?

Now imagine a lovely fruit basket filled with every kind of fruit imaginable- ripe yellow bananas, pretty pink strawberries, lush green kiwis, indigo blue grapes, luscious orange mangoes, ruby red pomegranates, yellow pineapples, juicy oranges , melons , berries etc…the list just goes on. Now we start picking our choice of fruits for the fruit salad.

One look at the fruit basket is enough to tell us how each fruit is so different from the other -right from appearance (shape, color and texture) down to fragrance and taste. All fruits are freshly picked and good but we have our own personal preferences. For instance I love my fruit salad with banana slices, few mango cuts, sliced green grapes and chopped cherries all in vanilla custard. My husband prefers banana slices, kiwis instead of mango and includes pomegranate seeds and nuts for the bite. The basic ingredients remain the same but our choices of fruit combinations vary as I prefer the sweetness of the mango while he likes the sourness of the kiwi.

How similar this is to our life. Each one of us is unique and we have our own special preferences.My preference of mango doesn’t make his choice of kiwi wrong.We are all free to pick and choose what we want but let us also remember to be sensitive enough to respect the choices that others also make.

This Nugget was inspired by a post by Irene, a fellow blogger. I was so happy to hear this young blogger( in her late 20s) speak so beautifully about “Blogger Respect”. Click here to read it. In this world of blogging, we come across so many different kinds of people- we have apples, oranges , strawberries, mangoes, pineapples, kiwis, guavas, etc…etc. “Blogger Respect” to me means learning to accept , if not enjoy each other’s differences.We may also go the extra mile & build each other up (instead of tear each other down) with our words by appreciating the good (if we genuinely find some) in other bloggers and letting them know it. I’ve added a “BLOGGER RESPECT” button as my small way of advocating this noble venture. Feel free to share / use it if you like.

Personally, blogging has been one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it and have met some pretty amazing bloggers on the way. Do we agree on everything? No, we don’t, but then what fun would life be if we were all carbon copies of each other? Would there be any scope for learning/growth? I’ve learnt so many new , useful & good things; only because of this diversity……. and now back to my fruit salad, Goodness, can you even imagine? Without the different fruits, there NEVER would be any fruit salad!!! 😦

Long live Unity in Diversity….long live all the fruits in the fruit salad!! 😉

I dedicate this post to each one of you, my blogger friends/acquaintances who have been instrumental in making this blogging journey the wonderful adventure that it is today! Thank you for being YOU and allowing me to be ME!

 

Nugget of life: You and I are different but we both deserve respect!

 Click to enjoy this wonderful Video :  http://youtu.be/cbbnj0qQ4s4

 

Have a yummy week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

Related post : LIFE IS LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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