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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wisdom in a Fortune Cookie


We went to dinner this weekend at our favorite neighborhood Chinese restaurant. I was breaking open a fortune cookie and lamenting about how things
haven't been happening fast enough
in my life.
 Maybe it's one of the underestimated consequences of the recession. 
Everything takes so much longer: returned emails and phone calls, job offers and freelance.
 Sometimes I think I could lose my mind with the waiting.

I sighed when this little slip fell from the torn cellophane.

Patience?

Damn prescient fortune cookie, who writes these things?

14 Comments:

Blogger Jen said...

I know exactly what you mean! Patience is not as easy thing to come by, either.

November 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger The Drifter and the Gypsy said...

Ah, sometimes it's funny how spot-on fortune cookies can be. We all need a little patience :)

November 14, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger RMP said...

The holographic universe in which everything is connected to everything else, all one has to have are eyes to see, and ears to hear! ;)

November 14, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger La chica said...

I truly understand you, it's the same here in Spain, I think you must star a novel. It wold be a succes.

November 14, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Global Atelier said...

Such a great post - we always seem to get the message we don't want to hear!! Thinking good thoughts for you!

November 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...

Yep. I know how you feel (for the past 5 years...).

Just returned 3 minutes ago w/friend taking me for Chinese. It sais something about love life going well (or will). Ha.

xo

November 14, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Thanks for sharing the fortune! Definitely need to follow that one!

November 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger King of New York Hacks said...

The waiter writes them depending on how quickly the chef is cooking !! ;) Ha !

November 14, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger McGillicutty said...

not the Chinese that's for sure.. it's totally an American thing which is hilarious when you see what your's says!!
You're supposed to read them and add "in bed" to the end... hhhmmmmm

November 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

I need that reminder every day!

November 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger alexkeller said...

oh, you make me laugh!
my son loves fortune cookies, so we just bought a box at the grocery. [we eat Thai and Indian before Chinese]
anyway, one of them told him to expect a large package in the mail. whhhaaa? so everyday, he asked if he got a large package. finally, my husband ordered something from Amazon to end the whole thing. i mean, isn't that a LITTLE specific? shouldn't it have said something like 'expect a big surprise' or be more VAGUE?
who writes these things, indeed!

November 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger a new girl in vienna said...

haha...brilliant!

November 15, 2010 at 4:03 AM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

That's a very prophetic fortune cookie!

November 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Raji said...

It's funny how those things always seem to tell either the most obvious things or the last thing you want to hear right then, and sometimes both!

November 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

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