Fortune cookies

Thereís really no way to tell how many fortune cookies Iíve opened over the years, but due to my love of all Chinese cuisine, Iím guessing itís a four-digit number.

Among the crazy amount of cookies, I have unwrapped all manner of fortunes ranging from inspirational (ďSometimes, you donít know what youíre looking for until you get thereĒ) to the informative (ďThere are only 1,600 giant pandas left in the worldĒ) as well as run-of-the-mill predictions (ďTomorrow may or may not be a good or bad dayĒ) and the downright non-sensical (ďRed eagle has train robbing symptoms.Ē) I actually did receive that last one in a cookie in Missouri.

However, this week I opened a fortune cookie that had been sitting above my computer desk since last November and received a little bit of inspiration that I thought was eerily accurate (the cookie, on the other hand, was appropriately stale and tasteless.)

The fortune said: ďEnthusiasm will help you change your current situation.Ē

What was strange was I have been thinking the same thing for the last week. Whatís truly strange is how well it worked when I tried it.

Itís such an odd concept, how can getting psyched help me get what I want? Donít worry, Iím not going to go all Tony Robbins here, but I have to say being excited about what I wanted really helped me focus on getting those things, and before I knew it they were dropping into my lap.

Iíve never been a big believer in the power of hope. I think hope can too often lead to complacency and believing if you hope hard enough, youíll get what you need sooner or later without having to try. Itís part of why gambling has never appealed to me.

I donít put a whole lot of stock in prayer, either. Before anyone goes nuts about that last statement, Iím not saying I donít believe in some higher power (Iím really not going to touch that one any time soon) Iím just saying that will all of the pain and suffering in the world, if a higher power has a few minutes to spare, answer the prayers of those starving children in Africa Iíve mentioned before; my new car can wait.

However, I do believe in the power of determination and thatís what has been my ally all week. I began by really hitting the ground running last Wednesday, and before I knew it I was looking through an apartment and I had struck a gentlemanís agreement with a true gentleman in regards to a car.

Essentially, and again forgive me if Iím channeling Tony, but I just saw myself in my own car and my own place and before I knew it, things had begun to work themselves out.

So, if anyone has had a winter like mine, try pushing yourself a little harder and dedicating some time each day to making things happen for you. Make the world work for you. And whatever you do, never eat a four-month-old fortune cookie. Blech.

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