Monday, February 20, 2012

Words of Wisdom: Fortune Cookies and Mother Teresa

Growing up I hated Chinese food. It had onions, bean sprouts, celery, peppers, and water chestnuts; pretty much every food I couldn’t stand to eat as a child. Blech. That being said, however, I LOVED going to Chinese restaurants. Reading about, and relating to, the Chinese zodiac always got me excited and geared me up for the evening’s most important event – the distribution and selection of fortune cookies.

I love fortune cookies. Okay, let me clarify, I love the fortunes inside of awful, Styrofoam cookies. I give way too much stock to the messages carefully tucked away in these folded treats (In fact, I went through a phase that lasted nearly six years where I literally kept every fortune I received in my wallet…). Now, however, with the advent of social media and the Internet, I just share the fortunes I receive with my digital audiences. Lucky for you, today is your turn to share my fortune with me!

This weekend’s cookie said: “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”

I think that this message was directed specifically to me (but, as I mentioned previously, they ALWAYS are). I have so much going on in my life, I am often too tired or afraid or unwilling to make a decision and decide on one path or another. That being said, I know that I must make tough decisions sooner, rather than later otherwise I cannot progress in this life.

Frankly, I’m still on the fence on many of the decisions before me but one thing I do know for sure is that I have decided to make myself a better person. I am committed to improving myself and I am equally committed to showing more love, kindness, compassion, and patience to those around me.

As I send you off into another week, I want to share another phenomenal quote by Mother Teresa. It has been a blessing in my life for years and I hope that you share some of the value I have received from it, too.

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.

Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Give the world your best and it may never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.

It never was between you and them anyway.

- Mother Teresa

All my love,



  1. AMAZING post! I save fortunes from fortune cookies too, btw. I don't actually believe them most of the time, but I just think they're fun. So I put them all in a painted piggy bank that my friends gave me back in junior high. Best of luck with your goals this year!

    1. Thanks so much, L. Fauset, I always appreciate reading your comments to my posts as well as the posts of my fellow contributors. It's great knowing someone reads what we share! I don't know why I started putting so much faith in the fortunes I received, I think it may just have been something for me to "latch on" to. I started to do that a lot when latching on to religious things didn't give me the desired effect I was looking for...

      I do love the idea of finding a painted pig and depositing the fortunes into it. LOVE it.

    2. No problem! And thank you! Painted pigs for fortune cookies are the best. :-) I really hope you find something just as awesome one of these days!

      And no worries for latching onto fortune cookies. I think I totally would if got good fortunes, because I'm completely superstitious. But I usually get something kinda lame... I can't even think of examples but the cookies are oh so fun regardless!

    3. A painted pig has been found and the first fortune has been deposited. Here's to wonderful ideas!

  2. Well that was just awesome. Love the quote. And I used to hate Chinese food too... but now I kinda love it.

    1. Thanks, Dupree, I love reading your posts too. I love your candid honesty, it is so refreshing!

      I still moderately dislike Chinese food. I really have a hate love relationship with it. I loved eating fresh, homemade Chinese food made by people I met on my mission but I don't really love some of the over-processed, Americanized versions we have here in Utah. But hey, who am I trying to convince, I just love food in general...

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  4. I'm not sure what happened to my last comment....Personally I've never put much stock into fortunes, although they are fun to read sometimes. I do like your fortune this week, though. Deciding is difficult...and precious, and one of the coolest, most important, most heart-breaking and most freeing parts of life. And Mother Teresa rocks.

    1. I shouldn't put as much stock into the fortunes as I do but like I said, I think they just became something else ethereal that I could hold onto. Something that wasn't religion. Something that wasn't telling me I was "bad." Deciding will happen soon. I'm sure of it. Plus, you'll all have a front-row seat for the event. Ha!

    2. If your little heart is telling you to hold on to your fortunes, by all means. Hold on. :) It's different for everyone. I totally get the desire to have something to grasp onto that gives positive validation. And deciding is a process (a never-ending one it seems), but I'm really glad I get to watch it happen for you. It's been really neat so far. Sure do love you! Carry on!

  5. haha. I also hate fotune cookies--disgusting. Love the fortunes--entertaining. Love Chinese food--delicious.
    Love Mother Teresa--brilliant!

  6. There's this book I read when I was going through a really tough part of my process of coming to terms with myself (and coming out as well). The hard part wasn't telling people I'm lesbian, but deciding what I would do about it. I read lots and lots of books. This one, I thought did a good job of showing me I have options and that no matter what I chose it would be good for me--but I had to choose ONE.
    It's called The Unconquerable Soul by Kim A. Mack (who is a lesbian Mormon). When I read that book, I knew, in my soul, what my choice was.

    1. I would love to read it. I can't wait, it's on the list - I love my lesbian mormons! Thanks Tiff.