As many of you may know, I love Asian food, and tend to eat it several times per week (if not daily). As such, I come across a lot of fortune cookies. Often, the fortunes are mundane, irrelevant, or just asinine. However, there are some good ones from time to time. I thought I would share some of the decent ones from the last couple months, so here they are in no particular order:
- Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- Only one who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.
- No man is free who is not master of himself.
- You achieve great peace of mind when you talk with an old friend.
- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Wealth is the ability of fully experience life.
- Relish the transitions in your life – they will happen regardless.
- Always accept yourself the way you are.
- The secret of staying young is good health… and lying about your age.
- Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.
- Real courage is moving forward when the outcome is uncertain.
- One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
- You will read this and say “Geez! I could come up with better fortunes than that!”
I like a lot of the simple, yet intricate, philosophical viewpoints contained in some of them. For instance, even though it could be shrugged off as nothing more than a grammatical error, the statement that “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,” can be interpreted differently. Instead of a mistake, it could be that humanity really amalgamates through love and the wonder of touch.
Anyway, you may now agree with the last fortune.