Cookie’s sage advice
December 19, 2010 § 1 Comment
Sunday night, I ordered delivery from my favorite Chinese restaurant. (Please note: I’m the only one in the house who ate Chinese. My soy-allergic husband ordered from a different restaurant.) On this particular night, I was feeling deeply unhappy and unconfident; after writing a blog that expressed these emotions and diving into my styrofoam box of chicken fried rice, I cracked open my fortune cookie and read the following message:
“Rely on long time friends to give you advice this coming week.”
I stood in the kitchen, stunned and disbelieving (those damn fortunes are so vague, of course they are designed to meet the hopes and expectations of thousands of people)…and yet….
The next morning, on Monday, I visited a long time friend to receive her advice–we hadn’t had the chance to talk to each other in a while, so this conversation was way overdue. She gave me the kind of advice and straight-forward perspective that I needed to hear at the time.
I’m close to making a decision, friends. And the more I consider my decision, the happier, more relieved, and less stressed I feel in general. I think that’s a good sign.
Also, I should point out that my fortune was in the plural. Although at the time I read it, I could only anticipate the advice I’d receive during my coffee meeting with my friend; but looking back a week later, I realize that all of my friends this week have been immeasurably supportive (as you can see in the comment section on the previous post and in other ways, not immediately obvious to readers of the blog). Thanks, all of you, for your support, advice, and love. You cannot know just how very much I’ve relied on those words lately.