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My Life As Told By Fortune Cookies

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When I came into work this morning I was greeted with several presents from my team. I currently have the pleasure of being a part of the best work team I’ve ever worked with. They are fun, knowledgeable, authentic, and incredibly high-performing. I’d put them up there on my best teams of all time list right next to the Bomb Squad, Ashish Brothers, and the 2010 Fisher MBA Dodgeball Team.

If you look at the picture above, in the bottom left you’ll notice a little cylinder dressed as a snowman. Here’s a blown up version:

When I took a closer look at the smiling plastic tube, I was delighted to feast my eyes on every little Asian boy’s dream: fortune cookies dipped in chocolate! Not just any chocolate, but white chocolate at that. My absolute favorite.

I immediately pried the green top hat off of Frosty’s head and bit into what would be the first of many cookies that day. As I nibbled through the first half I was surprised that there were actually fortunes in there. For some reason I thought these fortune cookies would be of the seedless variety. I pulled out the first fortune from my uneaten half of cookie and it read:

Taken aback at the relevance of the fortune, I opened another one:

Holy fortune cookie! Exactly what I needed to hear. So I opened another one:

With the remains of cookie #3 still in my mouth, I opened yet another one:

With bits of cookie all over my hands, but wanting to continue the conversation, I opened a fifth and final cookie:

So why did these seemingly generic fortunes have such an impact on me?

For those of you in my inner circle, you know that I’ll be experiencing great change over the next 30 days. Life as I know it will cease to exist and 2012 will be a year of great change. The choices I have made will set me on a course of accelerated growth and epic adventure. It’s going to be ridiculously awesome. I’m so excited about next year that I can hardly contain myself.

But at the same time, I’m scared. I’ve done a lot of self work over the past decade to get over most of my fears, limiting beliefs, and bad habits. But I still have fears like any other rational human being. Anyone who says they’ve gotten over all of their fears is lying. There’s will always be a little voice telling you that you’ll be a failure, you’ll run out of money, you’re going to break your leg or she’ll reject you if you talk to her. This voice has gotten a lot quieter for me over the years, but he’s still there.

I’ve had a great deal on my mind for the last week or so. I’ve made decisions that will forever change the course of my life. So when I opened up these fortune cookies this morning I couldn’t help but smile and laugh a little bit. And at that point, in between bites of white chocolatey goodness, I knew everything was going to be alright.

Taking advice from fortune cookies might sound a little crazy. But I think ignoring what the universe puts in front of you is even crazier.

P.S. – Heeding the sage advice of Fortune Cookie #5, I’m having a party at my apartment in New Jersey on Wednesday, December 28. If you’re reading this, you’re invited. It will not disappoint.