“Fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.” Mark Twain
The first time I read a fortune cookie message was at Water Margin; a Chinese restaurant, in London, many years ago. I was tickled by the idea of retrieving a slip of paper wedged between a cookie and reading the wise message out loud. Back then, it was a fun thing to do after a nice meal, yet the messages were always on par… I always got a message that I needed to hear and my friends felt the same way. I loved the food at Water Margin, and because it was local, across the street from our home in Golders Green, we also ordered takeaway meals from them regularly… and the fortune cookies were a big part of the experience.
“Happiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.” Benjamin Franklin
When I moved to the USA, I found out that the local Chinese restaurants not only gave them as sweet messages at the end of a meal, but sold them in bags and you could buy a big bag and dig into the messages and cookies to your hearts content. Over time, the novelty wore off and I abandoned the habit; tossing out fortune cookies that came my way.
Then, during a difficult phase in my life, I found myself going back to the gentle wisdom of the cookies and, one day, I opened a cookie and got a message that resonated with me and that I really liked; this was about 10-15 years ago. The message was: “You will spend old age in comfort and material wealth.” I liked the spirit of promise and good fortune offered and I took the slip of paper and buried it in my wallet. I have carried that slip of paper for years and every time I look at the message, it puts a smile on my face and reminds me of a time in my life when I needed a positive message of hope to lift my spirits. I have three more I kept and I have added their messages to the pictures.
Nowadays, we find fortune cookies in all flavors and designs, but the one constant is that bit of paper wedged in the middle of a cookie… More below. 😉
“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” Hermann Hesse
Whenever we order food from our local Chinese restaurant, we get a few fortune cookies tossed in the takeout bag. Oddly, I don’t always open them unless I feel compelled to do so. Since I only open them periodically, I take the messages to heart and try to understand them within the context of events in my life. Like the I Ching, the messages seem to come from a place deep within and they always sing to me… and then I go back to my favorite message, “You will spend old age in comfort and material wealth.” What are your thoughts? Do you check the messages in fortune cookies? Do you have a favorite one? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: The message in a fortune cookie can open our eyes to our strengths… Read one today.
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Describe your favorite restaurant in the world. Include a link to their website.