fortune (n): fate, lot, destiny
From a recent fortune cookie. Photographed with Nikon D300, 60mm micro lens.
I love Chinese food, but my favourite part of a Chinese meal is the fortune cookie at the end. I have a little ceremony that I perform each time I have one: first, I crack open the cookie, then I eat a small piece, and then I read the fortune (because it's bad luck to read the fortune before you taste the cookie. I don't know why I believe this, but I do). And I'm always a little disappointed when my "fortune" isn't foretelling, but a mere statement (like the one shown, above) -- and thrilled when my fortune tells me something about my destiny. And if it's a positive fortune? Man, I walk a little lighter for the rest of the day.
I think it would be really cool to have the job of writing fortunes for fortune cookies. I think I would be really good at it: You will find you are more enlightened than you believe yourself to be. Or All the wealth you seek is actually closer than you think.
Take that, Confucius.
If you could write your own fortune -- one that would make you walk a little lighter -- what would it say?
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