Fortune Cookie

Busy live I find myself picking up food to go. One of my favorites is Chinese food. It comes up fast. It’s served to you in all those neat little boxes that you can reheat in the microwave. And the food is good and nutritious. Then there is that added bonus, the little fortune cookies.

It’s a little twisted up almond flavored cookie with a small piece of paper in it. There is always words of wisdom, a Chinese word of the day to learn, and lucky numbers. I find myself hurrying through my meal. I can hardly wait to open that cookie and read what is inside.

Most of the time the message isn’t earth shattering. A generic message that could fit anyone. But once in a while a message will hit home. This is what I found in my cookie yesterday. Two words where on the paper “ACCEPT YOURSELF”. Wow that really, really hit home. Two powerful words. Accept yourself. My first reaction was confusion and frustration. Accept myself , accept myself sure I accept myself.? Or do I ? It made me think. What does it mean to accept ones self. Just to say it is not enough. Accept is an action word. Yourself is a complicated word.

To accept something or someone you must first know that which you are accepting. Truly know not just the layers on top. So the deeper I look the harder it is to do. “Accept yourself”, that is my challenge. Even as I discover thing I don’t like about me, I got to look beyond the parts to the whole man.

After all if I can’t accept myself how can I expect anyone else too. Thanks for listening…nick

2 thoughts on “Fortune Cookie

  1. Hi Nick. It's difficult to accept ourselves, or at least I think it is. There are so many critical obstacles in the way. I often don't like what I see within and then I'm surprised if a compliment comes. It makes me wonder how others see what I can't.I've finished the unpacking and most of the washing. I wonder if that earns me a pack on the back 🙂

  2. I guess we are all in that same boat when it comes to self acceptance. We are much to critical. It's good that others can see the good in us. we do have the potential for both.You are more ambitious than I would be. My luggage would probably would make it as far as in the front door.Setting there a few days before I would deal with them. So, if I where you I'd take that well deserved pat on the back and then some.nick

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