Saturday, March 25, 2017
Today I am grateful for fortune cookies. I don’t particularly like fortune cookies so I never eat them. I figure, when there are so many yummy foods out there, why waste the calories on a folded communion wafer. But I do like the fortunes.
Every once and a while there is a note inside one of the little gems that makes me feel like I’m a kid busting into a Cracker Jack box back in the day when the prizes were worthwhile. If you can call a decoder ring and a scratch-it pad worthwhile. FYI- when you’re seven it is.
The first remarkable fortune still lives under curly, peeling tape on the front of my laptop.
The words are barely legible. I opened the cookie when I was feeling like a wreck from a bad experience on my last job, was out on medical leave and subsequently decided to retire rather than go back into a toxic environment as HR suggested. Not exactly their words, mine, but you get the drift. I couldn’t. And wouldn’t. Sometimes done is just done!
At that point I had started a journal and began each entry with what I was grateful for that day. It gave me something positive to look for and focus on. I was considering starting a public blog, but felt my writing might not be good enough without someone proofing it on a daily basis. Then I opened the fortune cookie and it said,
“Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity simplicity, and humanity.”
I took it as a sign and if you’re reading this you’ve been stuck with me ever since.
So far it’s worked out better than I could have ever imagined. I feel more genuine at my core than I’ve ever felt before and I am now a firm believer in fortune cookies.
Imagine my joy the other day when I came upon the little missive pictured. I hope it works out as well as the last one!