Monday, February 15, 2010

Joy Luck

To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, here a few of my favorite fortune cookie fortunes that I have saved over the years:

"Answer just what your heart prompts you."
[Not diffidence. Confidence.]

"Stop searching forever, happiness is just next to you."
[Not in Oz. In Kansas.]

"Launch a regiment for a new healthier you!"
[Not a regimen. A regiment.]

Break open your fortune cookie or your Christmas Cracker and more often than not you will find some ridiculous little proverb whose so-called meaning evaporates even as your read it aloud. Luckily, though, every once in awhile, Fate makes an exception and offers an idea you can run with, one that will speak to your heart and bring you Good Fortune.Joy Luck: "It's not that we had no heart or eyes for pain. We were all afraid. We all had our miseries. But to despair was to wish back for something already lost. . . . What was worse . . . to sit and wait . . . Or to choose our own happiness? . . . So we decided to hold parties and pretend each week had become the new year. . . . And each week we could hope to be lucky. That hope was our only joy. And that's how we came to call our little parties Joy Luck."
(from The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, 24 -25)

Happy New Year of the Tiger! Joy! Luck! Good Fortune!

For Further Fortune Cookie Analysis, see
my fortnightly literary blog
of connection and coincidence

Looking for a good book? Take a look at
my running list of recent reading

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