The Fortune Cookie

Some things are sacred. Or used to be. To my mind, fortune cookies fall into this category.

I’m one of those people who very obediently eats all my bok choy in order to feel worthy of my dessert which, in the case of Chinese food, is that cookie that comes with the meal.

Old school cookies were filled with dire predictions and cliches by Confucius. These days, though, I feel as if someone took my high school yearbooks and sliced out the platitudes written over the pimply faces of my BFFs:

“You are a good friend, and loved by all.”

“Your hard work will pay off in unexpected dividends.”

“Your smile lights up the room.”

Gimme a break.

Since when did this kind of politically-correct pap become the norm in fortune cookie soothsaying? What happen to dire predictions foreshadowing doom, gloom, and destiny? The joy wasn’t in the soy, but in the anticipation of cracking open that shell of sugared flour and learning what fate held in store:

“A stranger comes bearing news.”

“Don’t listen to that so-called friend.”

“Tonight will change your life.”

In my wallet are dozens of such “greatest hits.” Did any of them come true? Of course!…

Well, maybe…

Um…okay, well, my life is still a work in progress. So there.

Speaking of works in progress, if you are one of those people whose had as many diets in your life as boyfriends, you should check out SMW’s health feature on Brian Wansink’s Mindless Eating. It may give you a new perspective on what you put in your mouth, and why it’s important. Let’s put it this way: wouldn’t it be great for diets to be a thing of the past?

Also, on the SMW’s Careers Channel, Paula Santonocito’s article, “Your Online Career and Your Image“, will give you pause as to why your MySpace page may be hurting your career. Talk about stopping progress in its tracks!

And Martin Brown’s article in SMW’s Money Channel, “Hunting for Real Estate Bargains“, puts a new perspective on home ownership in this depressing recession. Maybe there is a new house in your future…

Of course, the best fortune of all is family harmony. In SMW’s Family Channel, Elina Furman tackles the issue of co-parenting for divorced moms.

Your future is looking great,

Josie Brown
SMW Relationship Editor