Sometimes we seek wisdom from the most unlikely sources. Through the years I've collected fortune cookie fortunes - those little strips of paper placed in fortune cookies from Chinese restaurants. I have over a dozen of them in a small pile, readily providing ancient insights about my world and myself.
Fortune cookie fortunes are not deeply prophetic, nor do they reveal anything mystical about our origins or futures. They're universal enough to apply to everyone, and that's refreshing in a way when you think about it. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the fortune cookie.
Here's a list of some of the fortune cookie wisdom I've amassed. Remember, these are real fortune cookie fortunes:
You will be advanced socially, without any special effort.
Do not mistake temptation for opportunity.
You will be spending time outdoors, in the mountains, near water.
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
Good things are coming to you in due course of time.
You will be called upon to help a friend in trouble.
Go after what you want: there's no time like the present.
You are an exciting and inspiring person.
You accumulate property - use it wisely.
Your life will be happy and peaceful.
Don't be over self-confident with your first impression of others.
You will soon be crossing the great waters.
Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life.
You have a natural grace and great consideration of others.
And my favorite fortune cookie wisdom of all time:
Confucious say: show-off always shown up in showdown.