This post was inspired by two pieces of writing. The first is a lovely poem by Billy Collins called “Imperial Gardens.” He writes his own fortune for a ‘make believe’ cookie that includes about how he has been a jerk to his girlfriend. The second is a blog by Josh Madison. He writes down every fortune he has ever received out of fortune cookies. I’m going to pull out a few and apply them to my life. After all, fortune cookies are all about the interpretation.
- A fresh start will put you on your way. (Getting ready for ALL students to be back after Spring Break.)
- A pleasant surprise is awaiting you. (Spring Break!)
- Courtesy begins in the home. (Always a good reminder. Especially in the morning before coffee or chocolate.)
- Disbelief destroys the magic. (A sign of maturity is deciding when to be the ‘Debbie Downer.’)
- Go for the gold today! You’ll be the champion of whatever. (I thought the last sentence was funny. I want to be the champion of “whatever.” Imagine saying it with a lot of angst.)
- He who knows he has enough is rich. (This needs to be taped to my forehead, so I can read it every time I’m teaching online.)
- How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand. (Admit it. You feel your hand rising.)
- It’s not the amount of time you devote, but what you devote to the time that counts. (This goes along with ‘work smarter, not harder’ and ‘be in the moment.’)
- Meditation with an old enemy is advised. (Can you envision yourself sitting in a yoga position with your eyes closed next to an enemy? It makes me feel more loving to them already.)
- Today, your mouth might be moving but no one is listening (The day before Spring Break.)
- You like Chinese Food. (Actually, I’m not a big fan.)
And the final one I wish for you is: Your life will be happy and peaceful.