A fortune in fortunes

Shortly after I started college I was at a Chinese restaurant with some new friends. One of them mentioned how he had collected all of the fortunes from his fortune cookies since beginning high school. I’m not sure why this comment persuaded or inspired me but from that point forward I too began collecting the fortunes I received from cookies at Chinese restaurants.

Fortune Cookie!

That was eight and a half years ago. I have kept each fortune in a box since that day. There were probably a few I forgot, lost, or otherwise didn’t keep but I have most of them. Tonight I needed to use that box for another purpose and decided I should throw away all of these useless slips of paper. But not before recording my favorites.

Below are those fortunes which I found most poignant, profound, or particularly portending to me.

Try it, you may like it.

Look with favor upon a bold beginning.

Many opportunities are open; take advantage of them!

Read my lips. I love you!

Your principles mean more to you than any money or success.

A wise person cares not for what he cannot have but for what he can.

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough.

You are in for an enlightening experience.

If you continually give, you will continually have.

Keep in mind your most cherished dreams of the future.

A tamed mind brings happiness.

All happiness is in the mind.

Lastly, my personal favorite:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Wonton or Dumpling?