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Nugget # 29 Life is like Boxing!

Fight one more round when your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the centre of the ring.Fight one more round when your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard.Fight one more round when your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would rack you in the jaw and put you to sleep.Fight one more round remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.”- James Corbett, the famous boxer.

Hi friends,

I recently watched SAAWARIYA, which I didn’t really like but from which I got this lovely gem which is the real inspiration behind this post. In the first half of the movie the protagonist, the charming Saawariya (Ranbir) meets the lovely Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) for the first time. On seeing her downcast eyes, he enacts to her this life changing truth that puts into her (and I hope into you too today) , the spirit to FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND!

Ranbir Raj : “Pretend life is like a boxing ring and unhappiness is your opponent. It has countless hands but you have two. If it appears before you, don’t be afraid. Look straight into its eyes…. understand and gauge its strength and then ….[don’t forget unhappiness is a very strong opponent.] Now start fighting. Move. Bounce. It will first get you in the face. You will be hurt. No worries, keep fighting. With the next hit, you will fall but the trick is to stand up and face it. Because if you give up by the 3rd round, then every punch will fill your eyes with tears, every jab will steal the smile from your lips. By the 5th round, it’ll force its way into your home…and snatch away all happiness. By the 6th round, everything you love will be finished. It will be a total knock out and the winner will be unhappiness….Yes! Yes! Yes!…..

Ranbir’s tone is so powerfully challenging that we scream back along with Sakina – NO! and we are encouraged to Fight one More Round just as she did …. she laughs and so does he;  mission accomplished! I liked the ending of the movie where we see him fighting one more round, this time alone but – the opponent (unhappiness)and the spot remain the same! 😉

In my attempt to share the above truth with you, I looked up BOXING for the first time ever and came across this amazing write up from which I learnt some really interesting and new things about Boxing. Below are some of the highlights. To enjoy the excellent piece, click here.

1) Boxing is a reflection of life. It has both the nasty and the good things we experience in life- greed and hate, dishonesty and corruption, pain and failure pride and grace, honor and nobility, honesty and pure pleasure.

2) Boxing is about Self discipline & Dedication: It is a sport of constant training of both the body and mind. Unlike in team sports, in boxing there is no one else to depend on but yourself.

3) Boxing is about mental strength- A fighter can be in perfect shape. His skills can be sharp as a razor, his reflexes can be honed like a jungle cat, but if his mind is not strong his body will fail. “The battle has already begun and the bell for round one has not even rung.”

4) Boxing gives you the greatest feeling in the world. It makes you feel alive. Is there any joy greater than the taste of victory? Is there anything more bitter then defeat?

5) Boxing is the struggle to be the best. It’s poetry in motion. It is art at its highest form. It’s the sweet science. It’s watching two professionals with a true understanding of the trade putting on a show.

6) Boxing is about giving everything you have- determination, durability & power but it is also a sport of self discovery. Fighters are the most special of people. They understand that it’s their job to get into a ring and fight another person, but they also understand that it’s a time of self-discovery.

7) Boxing like life, is an individual sport; ultimately, it is up to the individual to fail or succeed.

–  Source: Why I love Boxing –James Roll (East Side Boxing)

Wow…I loved that amazing write up… and now, can you believe it?  I love BOXING!!! 😉

 

Nugget of Life :  When life punches you in the face and you find yourself hurt and flat on the floor, remind yourself that YOU are a champion, gingerly get up, brace yourself and then FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND! YOU will definitely be the winner.

 

Enjoy this inspiring BOXING Video: Click : http://youtu.be/IoUQRglIhi8

 

 Happy Boxing! Have a great week.

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

 

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Posted by on October 14, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 27 Life is sweaty,but it’s definitely worth it!

“The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they have always wanted to be.” –Tom Landry

Hi friends, this week  I’d like to share something I learnt just this morning. I was reading from a book  ‘Brave Honest Questions Women Ask’ and came to this portion where the author mentioned the above quote while trying to explain a new term that made me stop, sit up, and reflect. The new term was *SLUG POTENTIAL – and it refers to those things we knowingly allow ourselves to indulge in and thus set ourselves up for unfavorable consequences. In simple words, it is those things we know we should/ shouldn’t do but end up doing because we just “slug” it off.  For instance, the extra cookie we know we should avoid / the TV addiction/ the Alcohol/ the Uncontrolled Shopping Spree/Approval Addiction /Lack of Exercise/Work holism ? Each of our cases is unique. My area of slug potential may be your area of triumph and vice versa. The important thing is for us to locate our “slug potential” / that area of indulgence that has been keeping us from achieving total fulfillment in every aspect of our life.

Let’s admit it guys, LIFE IS SWEATY. In fact, it is sweat, blood, toil and tears but in the end, isn’t it TRULY WORTH IT ? I take this opportunity to thank a blogger buddy who has bestowed me with the “LIFE IS WORTH THE LIVING BLOGGER AWARD.” Yipee ! Yay! A special thanks to Balladeer , an amazing blogger and wonderful person.

As for me, I think it’s high time I get some dirt on my squeaky clean running shoes – that have been beckoning to me for a long time, but I have been making excuses with. Yes, you’ve guessed right, my area of slug potential ! Friend, is there some area in life that you could refer to as your slug potential? Would you like to start doing something about it today? Let us decide to start from where we are and do what we can to become VICTORS instead of VICTIMS in that area of our life.

Some Motivational Quotes to get us started:

“The longest journey starts with a single step.”- Lao Tzu

“The trademark for SUCCESS is the SWEAT BAND!”

“Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.” – Halewood Hale Broun

“Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets”.

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat”- Ann Landers.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

“Be afraid not of growing slowly, only of standing still.”

Every person who has achieved any success in life has worked hard to get there. I love this poem which speaks so profoundly about how often the crowds just dismiss hard earned success with words like Destiny or Luck. Personally, I’ve always hated the word!

LUCK :

He worked by day, And toiled by night.

He gave up play and some delight.

Dry books he read, New things to learn.

And forged ahead, Success to earn.

He plodded on with Faith and pluck,

And when he won, Men called it LUCK!

–          Anonymous                           

Nugget of Life:  “The difference between TRY and TRIUMPH is a little “UMPH.”

     

 Enjoy this funny Ad which just proves that U can do anything U want to do, be anything U want to be and go anywhere from where U are , IF you are willing to dream big and work hard!

Click :   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TrHjwCWHN0

Have a great week!

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized

 

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Nugget # 19 Life is like a Hula hoop

Hi, this week I’d like to share with you some life lessons from a Hula hoop.

The Hula hoop is a toy hoop twirled around the waist/ limbs/neck. Its history dates back to ancient Egypt, where hoops were made from grapevines/stiff grasses. The hoop became popular in the late 1950s when a plastic version was made. Today, people of all ages and from different walks of life, use the hula hoop for fun and for fitness.

I’ve been fascinated by the Hula hoop ever since I got my first pink and white one as a little girl. Twirling it always made me happy. The hula hoop is not only good for exercise; it is also a great stress buster and mood lifter! Can you even imagine a grim faced person twirling the hoop and not breaking out into a smile? That’s the magic of a hula hoop! 😉

While reading this article about Hulaerobics, some Life lessons came to me from some of the pointers mentioned :

1) Start with power : To get anything done in life ,we need to start strong and then work our way consistently towards our goal.

2) Move in the right direction: We need to know our destination if we have to reach there.

3) Be instinctive: Trust your heart, it never lies. It may make mistakes but it will never betray you.

4) Save the hoop at all costs: Sometimes when life’s storms hit, it is easy to give up but we need to push against the current and use every bit of our will to hang in there and do whatever we can so that we do not lose what we have.

5) Balance: We need to learn how not to rock the boat of our life. We can do this by Prioritization and seeing which area of our life needs our immediate attention at the present moment: Is it  Health/ Finances/ Career/ Relationship/ Family/Children/Spirituality/Hobbies/Interests.  (Related link : LIFE IS LIKE JUGGLING)

6) Breathe: I love this point- The author actually says “Remember to Breathe”– and yes ,we often need a  Breather in life – a well deserved TIME OUT where we can actually do something for ourselves that we love and enjoy so that we can get back to our life’s duties and responsibilities more energized and less stressed and frazzled.

7)Stand Tall: Another fav one- We need to recognize who we are and what we have.We can improve only  if we start with what we already have .

8)Be Patient: Not one of my natural virtues,but we need to be patient with ourselves and with others if we want to do better in life. 

Nugget of Life: Life is like a hula hoop,keep twirling to keep fit – (in every area of life) ; but more importantly don’t forget to have fun!

If you enjoyed this post, there’s more…. Here’s a FUN Hula hoop Song Video just for you!

Have a great week,

Cheers,

Sparky Laurie

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

 

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Nugget # 4 LIFE is a Game of Cricket !

Inspired by the recent frenzy and excitement about the IPL Cricket Finals, I’m dedicating my latest post to all you Cricket-lovers out there! Though personally, I am no Cricket fan myself, I think there is good to learn from everything and today’s post is just about this game that drives a lot of you great people (including my hubby!)CRAZY and wild with excitement! 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

“Life is a game of cricket, to be enjoyed with enthusiasm and zest and played in a friendly atmosphere without condemning or blaming the external factors. And even if one scores the occasional ‘duck’; no need to get too depressed for we all win some, lose some. There will be another opportunity to stage a comeback. Until the day one finally retires & can look back with a feeling of satisfaction that we gave our best always and ended with a good batting average.”-Sultan H Fazelbhoy

I truly admire the words of wisdom in the above quote.

The lesson I could draw out was: It truly doesn’t matter whether or not we WIN every game in LIFE. What is more important is to continue playing and learn from mistakes and get better each time. Just like every time a match is played, only one team wins .Similarly in life, we may lose some matches, however the important thing is NOT to STOP playing .As long as we continue to consistently improve each time we play, WE are definitely WINNERS and one day we can look back with a feeling of satisfaction that we have always played our best game and that ensured us a Good Batting average in the Game Of LIFE!

NUGGET OF LIFE: CONTINUE CONSISTENTLY PLAYING THE GAME.YOU ARE ALREADY A WINNER IF YOU ARE DOING YOUR BEST!

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