Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bite Sized Words of Wisdom

"To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice." From a Chinese Fortune Cookie

A perk of being a favored customer at our favorite Chinese restaurant is getting a ship load of fortune cookies with our take out orders. The owners have two boys about the same ages as mine, and they always play together whenever we stop in--hence all the cookies!

As we sat eating cookies the other night and listening to each other's fortunes, the kids didn't understand them. While I explained the meanings, I thought, "These are pretty cool--and some would even make good dialog!"

Nowadays, the fortunes aren't really fortunes, but more encouragement, inspiration or words of wisdom. Thought I'd share a few today as--"food for thought." If some are Chinese proverbs or quotes without proper credit given, I apologize. The only attribute I can make is "From a Chinese Fortune Cookie." Here are a few favorites:
  • Excellence is the difference between what I do and what I am capable of.
  • We must always have old memories and young hopes.
  • Fortune favors the brave.
  • There are many ways you can be hurtful, but only one way to heal. That is through love.
  • Blessed is the man who has found his work.
  • Do not let great ambitions overshadow small success.
  • A faithful friend is a strong defense.
  • For insight on quandary, turn to people with firsthand experience.
Friends once told me when they'd first thought about having children, they'd chosen the name Joy for girl. The next time they had Chinese, one of their fortune cookies said, "Joy will come upon you." They ended up having two boys, but still a pretty fun coincidence!
Can you remember a favorite fortune from a fortune cookie?
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