I haven't been feeling particularly brilliant the past few days, and I struggled (with no success) to come up with a cool topic for my next blog post. Rather than do something uninspired, I decided to just wait.
Turns out, it was worth it.
I craved Egg Rolls all day yesterday. But you see, there is no good place to get Chinese food in my town. There are a couple of the buffet/fast food type Chinese joints, one of which is actually not bad, but for really good Egg Rolls and the kind of Chinese food that makes me want to dig a hole to China myself, we have nothing like that.
But today at lunch, I could stand it no longer. If hole-in-the-wall Chinese was my only choice, I'd take it. So we hauled the family over to the nearest Chinese buffet. I was, of course, disappointed. It was nowhere near what I really wanted, and didn't come close to satisfying the craving I'd been having for Egg Rolls. In fact, the Egg Rolls looked so tough and aged, I didn't even try one.
But the fortune cookies were another story.
As always, when the waitress brought the cookies to our table, my kids grabbed first, then my husband I took what was left. Before we left, I picked up all the papers from inside the cookies, just to take a look. Surprisingly, each "fortune" resonated with me. None of those vague, senseless phrases that make you feel cheated and ticked that you even went to the trouble to crack open the cookie. Each fortune had some sort of meaning that I could apply to my life.
Nothing earth-shattering, like the Power Ball numbers or insider info. on the stock exchange, but small pieces of wisdom that give us perspective and remind us of things that are important.
I thought you might like to share my "fortune" today.
"Affirm it, visualize it, believe it, and it will actualize itself."
"A smile is your passport into the hearts of others."
"Affection is the broadest base of a good life."
"Absence sharpens love. Presence strengthens it."
"A new venture will be successful."
Whether it's writing, family, or just life in general, I hope perhaps the little fortunes I happened across today will resonate with you.