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10/06/2005: "Fortune Cookies"

At lunch today my fortune cookie read "if you expect nothing, you will never be disappointed"

My first thought (besides it *not* being a fortune) was that's TRUE. As true as it may be, I'm not sure it's the best way to live your life, even though it probably *is* how I live mine.

I may need to rethink that.

Replies: 7 Comments

on Thursday, October 6th, ann said

Depends on how you interpret "expect nothing." Some people interpret that quite negatively, which I personally don't think is a great way to live.

on Thursday, October 6th, Elise said

I guess I don't think of "expect nothing" as a negative or pesimistic's not like saying "nothing good is ever going to happen to me"...because it could just as easily be interpreted as "nothing bad is ever going to happen to me"...both are expectations, one positive, one negative.

I just look at it as having a realization that we can't controll a lot of what happens in our lives and that we need to be accepting either way, then we will never be disappointed.

on Thursday, October 6th, ann said

I like the idea.

I don't know how possible it is for mere mortals.

on Thursday, October 6th, Rod said

I always thought it was funnier to add, "...In bed." to fortune cookies. ;)
Is that too 9th grade?

on Thursday, October 6th, Elise said

I know it's not really possible Ann, just wondering if it was a positive or negative thing to strive for...ya know?

And Rod, I still add "in bed" to my fortune this case:

if you expect nothing, you will never be disappointed in bed...story of my life!


on Friday, October 7th, Dio said

Personally I think the worst, so anything else is a bonus, and when the shit does hit the fan, it comes as no surprise :)

on Friday, October 7th, Elise said

Too true Dio!
But on the other hand, if you start off thinking the worst will happen it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. There may be somthing to the whole idea behind positive visualization.