Fortune Cookie Wisdom About Oppression

Published on March 26, 2021
by Scott Palasik

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

Chinese food is one of my favorite types of cultural dish. I love everything about it. I love the different platers, the name of the foods, the sauces, and of course- the Fortune Cookies!


Recently I ordered General Tso’s Chicken, and I received fortune cookies. That wonderful dessert is a nugget of wisdom. Typed red ink is printed on a thin slice of paper and is tucked inside a crispy, light-shaped cookie.


After devouring my General Tso’s chicken, two egg rolls, and steamed dumplings, I cracked open the fortune cookie (did I mention I love Chinese food?). When I pulled out the fortune, it read, “Good work, good life, good love, good-bye oppression.”


Admittedly I was unsure exactly what this fortune might mean. So, I looked up “oppression,” and one of the definitions was “the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety.” This definition gave me some insight into the potential wisdom of what was written.


So let’s paraphrase this fortune cookie: “Having a passion for the work you do, the desire for a happy life, and possessing the feeling of love can lead to a decrease in mentally or physically being burdened and anxiety.”


Isn’t the above what life is about? Do we not strive to do all of the above?  Far too often, we make things complex and think we need to revert to many different expressions or motivations like large books on change or how to be happy. Then we open up a fortune cookie and reads, “Good work, good life, good love, good-bye oppression.” This reminded me to step back and make life a little simpler. Not just with my goals but with the language I might choose to use to describe my path to happiness.


What makes the “work you do feel good?” What makes “you desire your life to be good?” What “inspires you to love?” If you can answer these questions, perhaps you will sense the feeling weight of burden slip from your shoulders.


We appreciate you all and all you have to offer the world.


Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate. That is the 3C way.


With compassion, kindness, and appreciation.



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