My Cookies Keep the Faith

Posted on 05 February 2013

I moved to a new desk recently at work, which was a win-win because I got a window and was forced to clean out my desk. It wasn’t pretty, that’s all I’ll say. Perhaps this pile of fortunes from five years of my peanut-noodle-tofu lunches offers a glimpse of what I was dealing with.

In reviewing these slips of paper, I concluded that my fortune cookies have an agenda: to offer blind encouragement, to urge me to take chances, and to provide much-needed ego boosts. Thank you, cookies; I will accept my independence, and I certainly will not be surprised by the emergence of undiscovered talents. (Even if, at first, I thought it said “the elegance of undiscovered talents,” which is so much more interesting.)

Never mind that the memories/dreams fortune sounds like it belongs on one of those Successories posters, or that the “will to do, soul to dare” cookie might have been a little stretched, both punctuation-wise and otherwise. But who cares? My fortune cookies believe in me, damn it, and they clearly think my creative risks can only pay off. See for yourself:

  • Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?
  • Lucky you make this choice. Everything comes out for the best.
  • Accept your independence and use it wisely.
  • Don’t be surprised by the emergence of undiscovered talents!
  • Your curiosity may mean success.
  • Memories make what we are. Dreams make what we’ll be.
  • Your fate is in no one else but you, no other hands but yours.
  • The will to do, the soul to dare is yours for the taking if you prepare.
  • The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
  • You will stumble into the path that will lead your life to happiness.
  • Your ingenuity and imagination will get results.
  • A house without books is like a room without windows.
  • Never give up.

And a special bonus message from my Yogi tea bag tag: By honoring your words, you are honored.

You tell me: Is your ingenuity getting results? Are you using your independence wisely? Most of all, are you climbing out on that limb?


14 responses to My Cookies Keep the Faith

  • Catherine says:

    So much true wisdom here. Love the first one. I feel I’ve been dangling from that limb for quite some time now.

    • If you’re dangling, I’m sure the cookies would just tell you to hold tight and believe in yourself because your fate is yours alone. See? I could definitely be a professional fortune cookie writer.

  • Sarah W says:

    I like all of these–they beat my stash of fortunes by a mile! Maybe I should switch to Thai . . .

    But my first reaction to the first one is that the limb is where the nuts hang out, too. My second was that I should feel right at home out there.

    • I so love the phrasing of that one: “Lucky you make this choice.” I kind of want to make it into a t-shirt. Or just approach people in the grocery store and say it in a solemn voice whenever someone picks up some organic cereal or something.

  • Teri says:

    I’m a totally and completely jealous (see previous post!) of your fortune cookie drawer!! I think you’re lucky to get all that luck —- this must be good, no?

  • MacDougalStreetBaby says:

    I’ve been doing something similar, writing down the quotes that pop up once I publish a post on WordPress. I don’t know if they mean anything but I’d like to think they do. Having wisdom come from a place without an agenda sometimes makes it easier to hear.

  • Erika Marks says:

    Thank goodness I’m not the only one who saves her fortunes, Laura!

    Here’s to climbing that limb and grabbing that fruit.

  • Averil says:

    Yes, and the limbs keep snapping. Luckily nothing is broken and soon I’ll be scaling the tree trunk to try for the apple again.

  • Forget what they say about baseball players: Writers are the most superstitious bunch there is (says the woman with an equally full drawer of wannabe fortunes, and a gray rubber FTF bracelet on her wrist).

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