Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Recent Reader Contributions: Excitement, Ambiguity, & Examples

My mom and a friend had lunch at my family's favorite San Antonio Chinese restaurant and saved their cookie inserts for inclusion here. 
My mom's: "An unexpected event will soon make your life more exciting." 
Her friend's: "Someone is speaking well of you at this very moment!" 
Though my mother received an actual fortune and her friend did not, I find its message unnerving. An unexpected event that brings excitement does not necessarily portend good news. 

An entry from Not-a-Fortune's favorite betrothed couple is similarly ambiguous. Audriella received this not-a-fortune after a recent visit to P.F. Chang's:
"Live, think and act for today. Tomorrow may be too late."

This could be read as inspirational OR foreboding. All three of us read death into it, if that gives you any indication of where we stand in the glass half full v. glass half empty debate.

Mr. Jones's cookie delivered an actual fortune, and an unambiguous one at that:
"Your example will inspire others."

As always, Not-a-Fortune appreciates the contributions.


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