There has been a new trend in the fortune cookie industry that I am none too fond of. Somebody has been getting stingy with my unrealistic, timely, magical promises and I'm not happy about it. My last two fortune cookies have read as follows:
"Your compassion makes you an invaluable friend."
"Be willing to admit you may be be wrong you're only human"
What the--?? My compassion? Be willing to admit I may be wrong?! What kind of fortune is that? I opened that cookie looking for hope, not observations or advice. The next one I open will probably tell me: "That last five pounds you gained was from all the time you spend on the internet." OR "Your laundry isn't going to do itself." Have fortune cookie makers decided to take responsibility and stop giving the world false hope?
Well, I have some of my own advice for the fortune cookie makers of the world. If you want to go all "realistic" on me, the least you can do is still make it a "fortune". For example: "Your compassion will earn you a semi-valuable friend." OR "When you admit you are wrong, the world will explode."
But, come on, what's wrong with the good old fashioned fortune cookie? One like this will do:
"All your books will sell and flowers will grow beneath your feet." I don't see anything irresponsible about giving that kind of hope.
Have you received any good and/or lame advice or fortunes lately?