On this day, two years ago, my friend received a fortune cookie that looked like this. If you are like many, you would be a bit upset. Not only was the fortune “missing,” but a chunk of the cookie was gone. If we remove our emotions and our naturally inclined thinking, we can get quite a bit from this cookie. What an amazing peek into the future. Rather than a “missing” fortune, the fortune, according to the cookie, was unwritten, and although a chunk was torn out, it remained intact.
The mind naturally looks for what’s missing- because its job is to put pieces together and make sense. Our mind goes straight to what’s wrong with this picture- the cookie is jacked! Yet this is the same fun game tool that provides us with a fun little conversation- a fortune. Okay, it’s usually not a fortune, it’s a random statement or fact, but it’s called a fortune cookie for a reason.
Even if we were to look at a fortune cookie as just that, insight into the future, what is the mind supposed to make out of the missing fortune that is supposed to be there? Look for what’s wrong. The cookie then becomes an omen. No fortune = bad sign. Missing chunk of cookie = even worse.
A chunk of my heart and soul was indeed ripped out this past year, yet I am missing nothing and I am still in one piece. Just like the brain tumor I am facing to have removed, sometimes it’s necessary to remove toxicity that prevents you from being at your very best.
There may not have been a fun little piece of paper to help provoke the development of a thought that might be birthed into an idea, dream, and reality, but what wasn’t there was even better. The entire middle was gutted- gone- wide open. WOW!
Nothing is in the way to an amazing future- why?- Because our future is unwritten. There is nothing in the way, not even a blank slip of paper. The only influences on our dreams are our own thoughts.
Think about this- excuses are the mind’s way of making up stuff- to fix the puzzle of why you don’t have something- why you haven’t achieved a dream. The beauty is that we have been awesomely created to override the autocorrect function of the brain. Yep, our brains are like our iPhones- when something stupid comes out, you have the power to correct it.
You will never have an empty fortune- you only have an awesome future. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
#MakeItHappen this week! Have an amazing week.
Jolene holds Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and is a certified master success coach. Jolene's writing is continually inspired by the challenges that her clients are facing. She finds constant inspiration in the world around her and is profoundly honored to be living her purpose helping others turn impossible into possible.