• Ashley

    I am a new follower of yours and I think you are a fabulous writer! I have to admit that I too look at fortune cookies and really think how they can relate to my life! 🙂

    • Thanks Ashley on both counts. I think we all do that and we have fun doing it. 🙂

  • Susan Cooper

    Thank you Ashley. My hope is that I am able to share my thoughts and experiences in such a way that it could help others to not feel alone in their life's struggles. 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    You hit the nail on the head with this one. It is so funny but I still have a fortune cookie fortune that I got ust days before meeting my husband. It said you will soon gain something you have always wanted. Well that was true enough. We have been married 10 wonderful years… But as I think back what else could that fortune have meant? As I sit here now contemplating my next life move. You are an inspiration to me and anyone fortunate enough to read your blog!!!!

    • Thanks so much Elizabeth, That is a great story. I do wish you the best as you make your way towards you new adventure my friend. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit, I do exactly what you said. If the fortune from a cookie seems to be for me I keep in my wallet with the thought that it just might come true.

    • I thin we all do. I still do even though I know it just form a cookie. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this post. I could really relate to what you wrote about and the lessons you were able to share. Keep it going girl. Can't wait for the new website. HB

    • Hi HB, Thanks so much. The new website is still in the works. I hope to have it up soon but all things worth doing take time. 🙂

  • Narendran Narayanasamy

    what made this great post so good to read was that i could relate to every single thing u said! Now u got me into nostalgia of all those moments 🙂 thx! 

    • WOW! I consider that a great compliment. The subject was something that just struck me when I was out with my husband and we had just opened our fortune cookies. 🙂

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  • Jacqueline Gum

    Great post! I’ve long been an advocate of taking charge of your own destiny. But first you have to really believe in yourself. Not talk about it, really believe it. It’s harder than it sounds, though. 🙂 I think folks get their tarot cards read, seek a psychic, cling to the good fortunes one might find in a cookie because they need affirmation. I’ve done those things too! I see it as harmless and in a weird way it sort of gives me hope and maybe at that moment it’s just what I need. But you are right in that I forget about those things…but the hope lingers. So I think it’s done what it was meant to, in the end.

    • Taking charge of our destiny is hard work Jacqueline. As you mention I too think that’s why so many relay on fortune cookies and such. We all need a bit of hope in our lives and if this is what it takes, then that is a good thing. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Fortune Cookies – ah yes. When I get one that comes at just the right time for a particular thing I just use it as motivation. Who is to say that the fates did not bring that silly fortune cookie to you at a time when you needed to hear it? That’s my view and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, That is a great pint of view. I think I’ll adopt it, if you don’t mind… LOL. 🙂

  • Jason Butler

    I loved this post. The 1st lesson really hit home. “Don’t wait for something to happen to bring you good fortune.” I agree with that statement. You have to make things happen. The universe will bring it to you only if you make a move.

    • So true, so true Jason. It’s just as Jefferson said “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seemed to have.” 🙂

  • Susan, I think you truly are using your gifts to make the world a better place. You are warm and welcoming, both in person, and here on your blog. I can think of no better gift or good fortune to have. Keep on doing what you’re doing! 🙂

    • Hi Doreen, Can feel my blush? You touched my heart and I thank you for that my friend. Who knows, I may actually be able to make a success of this. 🙂

  • I believe we look for signs because we are pattern seeking creatures and I also believe we often receive signs because we are meant to. If the message you receive stirs you in some way, or leads you toward an action (a blog for example), then it serves a purpose. When fortune cookies are on the table, I always run my hand just above them to feel the energy of which cookie is meant for me (it’s not necessarily the one closest to me) that I end up choosing. Fortune cookies = fun stuff on the journey…

    • I love your point of view Michele. You raise a good point about our being creatures who loom or and seek patterns. Thus the reason for our behavior with fortune cookies. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    It’s a bit like reading your horoscope in the paper. It doesn’t really mean any more than what you make of it. But sometimes (most of the time) you really want to feel like the world is working on your favor.

    • I think you’re right Jon. I often want to believe that is true for me, my family and all that I know. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Taking action is so much easier said than done. I get bogged down in choices, but as you know, I’m working on ironing out the kinks 😉

    • Yep, that is often what keeps us from making the progress we desire Jeri. I know you’ll figure it all out, and be where you want to be in time. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    As always, well said Susan. Life provides us with so many opportunities to make our fortunes, we just need to learn to see what’s there. We don’t need to look for our answers in magical baking or or even in a constellation of stars. Our fortune lies easily accessible in ourselves.

    • Hi Debra. It’s kind of like not seeing what in our own backyard, so to speak. We don’t trust what is right in front of us. If we just took a moment to really see what we have. I think wondrous thing can and will happen. 🙂

  • What a bloody great post and oh so true, and yeah I was nodding my head as I listened to it, you truly hit the nail on the head with this post.

    • Aw, thank you Jo-Anne. It please me so it did it job and that you enjoyed this one. 🙂

  • What a super good post! Well said, Susan – every word resonated. I have not opened a fortune cookie for a while but back in my home country, they give like ‘a lucky note’ with your coffee – so those I really saved sometimes the way you described – you know, for good omen 🙂

    And remember to tell us how much you won with the lottery ticket 😉

    • Hi Diana, Thank you my friend. I still have a few fortune in my office. somehow I just don’t have the heart to throw them away. In a way they are a good omen, aren;t they?

      Oh, about the lottery ticket?… I didn’t win a penny… LOL. 🙂

  • Lorraine Marie Reguly

    This reminds me of a book I read where a coffeehouse owner also made cookies and put non-fortunes in them, kind of like opposite-than-fortunes, which I found to be an interesting concept. The book was a coffeehouse mystery, but I cannot remember the name. But it was a good book.

    • I have seen those kind of fortune Lorraine. The funny part is people do the same thing with them… LOL. That sounds like a fun book. 🙂

  • Well, most of the fortunes are pretty useless – they say what we want to hear (like you mentioned, you are a good person sort of thing).

    But, every now and then, we do get good ones (I suppose it is good, as long as it motivates us…or perhaps make our life a bit more wonderful :D).

    As for wishing things to be better (in life), I have done it (who hasn’t?). But, I have been wondering whether it is of any use..Instead of wishing my life to be better, I can just make my life better (at least, I should try, if I don’t enjoy my life).

    Take action and see how it goes 🙂 Agreed 😀

    Anyways, thanks for the post, Susan 🙂

    • You’re welcome Jeevan. Yep, If we don’t use the fortune as a omen and take action then we truly won’t have a better life. It really gets done to making a move forwards what we desire. 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    When I was a child my dad printed menu’s for a Japanese restaurant. We were always there since we got free food. I remember going to the back room and seeing the huge barrel of fortune cookies. It was fun to see what message they had in store for me.

    • How fun that must have been for you Krystle. I can just imagine the fortune you must have seen>. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    Hello; I wasn’t laughing but i was grinning. sorry But i am impressed that you got such a wonderful post out of a little fortune cookie. I am never sure about those. I am blind, so someone has to read it to me. So is it their fortune or mine or a combination of both? smile You are right more often than not they are talking about a wealth of friends family skills talents etc. I think some of mine are an open heart and optimistic approach and some pure stubbornness. Okay a better way to put it might be perseverance or determination. Thanks for the post. Take care, max

    • Hi Max, Thanks, It’s all about the little things, isn’t it? I agree. I love your open heart and view of the world, I truly believe that perseverance and determination are the keys to finding our way. 🙂

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  • maxwell ivey

    Hi; you come through as a very sweet person too. just get up each morning and do my best. there are so many options open to us and so many paths to happiness you just have to be open to finding yours. take care, max

    • Thank you for your kind words Max. Indeed your thoughts about life’s opportunities is true . 🙂

  • Uh-huh the only time I care about hitting home with these cookies is the lucky numbers..lotto time!

    • HaHa… Me too SC. So far I haven’t been very lucky with the numbers… LOL. 🙂

  • Great article Susan. And I love fortune cookies! Err, the fortune part and not the cookie part…I usually throw that away.

    • I wish you about the cookies Josh. they are rarely any good and taste more like paste then a cookie. The fortune are the fun part for sure. 🙂

  • I don’t think I’ve ever opened a fortune cookie but I can still relate to the lessons, Susan.

    After the kids no longer need me at home, I’m definitely going to have to look within myself and decide what I do next!

    • Hi Tim, Fortune cookies are fun, you should try a few. That is a very big bridge to ross and one we all face at one point in our lives. I know you’ll be ready when the time comes. 🙂

  • Susan- I would love to go out to a Chinese restaurant just so I could get the fortune cookies at dessert. My kids used to tease me and would give me all of theirs and said keep searching mom until you find the one you like. When I did I would put it in my wallet as if to wait until it came to pass. I would occasionally check them and out and say, ok that did happen, or I am waiting for that one to happen. I don’t wait for something to happen to bring me good fortune as I am grateful for each day. I just thinking playing with the fortune cookies was fun. I don’t think the fortunes in the cookies are as good as when I was younger.

    • I love that. I will adopt that the next time I go for Chinese food Arleen. I agree, the old fortune were much more fun. The new ones are a bit over worked. 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Watch out Susan cause you just never know. That still could lead to something ya know. lol…

    My Mom was recently left some money that she didn’t know anything about from a former friend. The friend passed away several years ago and the husband just passed away earlier this year. They had been good friends for over 55 years but this was definitely unexpected. Let’s just say it was quite a bit and a very shocking surprise.

    I agree though, the fortune isn’t always in money. It can be in so many other forms so don’t sit there waiting and wishing. Go about your business, keep a positive attitude, believe and do the work and you just never know. 😉


    • That why I always seem to but a lotto ticket when i get one of those fortune Adrienne… LOL. You just never know.

      What a great story. Your mom sounds like an awesome person. I am sure she is, because you are amazing. 🙂

  • Mark Brody

    OK… I admit it… I have a wallet full of fortunes cookie wisdom! Being involved in sports growing up, and with my kids, I am superstitious. I also have to eat the cookie to make sure that the fortune comes true. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

    • LOL… I think we all do. I do exactly to same thing. You just never know do you Mark. Good fortune to you my friend. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    Susan – Sounds funny, but I carry an old fortune from a fortune cookie around in my winter coat. Like you, when I first read it, it stuck with me. It says, “An unexpected event will soon bring you fortune.” I forgot about it until I put on my winter coat for the first time this year and pull it out of my pocket.
    I think these messages that resonate with us are reminders of the possibilities awaiting if we take note of the signs and take action.

    • Hi Pat, I think the key is to take note of all that the universe is saying. It can be very easy to miss those messages if we are not tuned in. Having some things jog us into to doing so, like a fortune cookie, is a very very good thing indeed. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        I agree, Susan. We can use all the help we can get in whatever form it comes from and it’s important to pay attention. 🙂

  • Susan, This brought back memories for me. When our daughter was really young, she opened an empty fortune cookie and burst in tears. When the restaurant owner inquired what was the problem she wailed “I don’t have a future.” He smiled and returned with a big bag of cookies just for her. None of us will ever forget that day including our daughter. 🙂

  • I love how you used a fortune cookie and a lottery ticket as tools to convey ideas about obtaining good fortunes (and what does a good fortune mean, anyway). Sometimes I think I’m buying too many different kinds of lottery tickets, and if I’m working on one path, I’m thinking I wish I had time to work on another.

    • Thank you Leora, It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed my mussing. I too fall into that same trap of buying to many Lotto tickets. It is so hard to focus just one thing, isn’t it?

  • Rebecca Thompson

    I love this. As you know I have been looking for the gifts I possess. I seem to spend a great deal of time searching rather than just jut doing. I look for signs in everything from fortune cookies to rainbows on my walls. I would have bought that lottery ticket too 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca, I believe we all do that. LOL… I always buy a lotto ticket when the fortune is good. 🙂

  • Valerie Remy-Milora

    What a beautiful message Susan! I say you are already using your gift, in sharing your journey and wisdom with all of us who love to come and visit every now and then. You leave me inspired and eager to share my special gifts with all that I encounter along my own journey. You message speaks straight to my heart… I do feel it is important for us to recognize the beauty in this magical journey that is life, with all of it’s twists and turns and to take time to savor each moment.. if we are too busy looking for that quick shot to the top we might miss the richest moment of all! I do wish or pray for a miracle every now and then, don’t get me wrong, but I have learned to appreciate the NOW and relish the smallest of gifts.

    • Hi Valerie, Your warm kind words made my heart hum with pleasure. We are so busy at time that we forget to just stop to savor where we are right now and all they we are blessed with. Hugs my friend. 🙂

  • Dan Meyers

    Susan – really love this advice. You’re right that we “wish” for all of these things like great wealth, but if instead of wishing we start saving a few more bucks a day, we’ll have a much better shot of great wealth! I read an article once that said most people thing they have a better shot of having a million dollars by winning the lottery than by saving and investing themselves… made me quite sad!

    • Hi Dan, As you know I am believer in building wealth instead of wishing for it. It’s not as sexy, but in time it will get you where you want to be. 🙂

  • Susan — as you know, fortune cookies have numbers on them now that many people use in playing the Lottery. A few years ago, lottery officials were stunned when a half dozen people picked the same number — a statistical impossibility, apparently. They thought maybe there was fraud involved. Finally, someone deduced that the winners had played the numbers on the bottom of their fortune cookie!

    • That is a really great story Jeannette. It just goes to show you never know about these things… LOL.

  • Broadcasting Sunny

    Love, love the quote by Thomas Jefferson, the harder the work, the more luck 🙂 It’s funny in many ways that’s true. Some of the things I chalk up as luck, I would never of come across if I did not put some effort into it. I think that’ll be my quote of the week 🙂

    • It is one of my favorites for that very same reason Joanne. We hen we look back we realize that the luck is due to our efforts and would have happened without it. 🙂

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