When I read today’s fortune, I had to laugh. Remember, each fortune comes from a tiny cookie. I am especially amused by the fact someone might read this right after eating some egg fu young or Szechuan beef. It appears that the writer didn’t take into account that we are always hunger thirty minutes after finishing our tasty takeout.
I remembered hearing a similar phrase used in a movie once, so I did a little investigative work—thank you Internet. My search brought up It’s A Wonderful Life Book by Jeanine Basinger, and that led me to the ever popular movie starring Jimmie Stewart.
George Baily (Stewart) and his wife, Mary (Donna Reed) give a traditional housewarming gift to some new homeowners.
This clip is just one of many charming scenes of a great movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, you will get a chance around Christmas time. This traditional movie always shows on one station or another along with Frosty the Snowman and many others.
The wish to never know hunger may seem foreign in our American culture. Most people in the U.S. have access to food on a regular basis compared to other nations. Personally, I can’t complain about the comforts I have. Although, I have seen others gnash their teeth at the thought that they can’t have their Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato.
Food, and specialty drinks, aside, this fortune wishes satisfaction in life. Human beings need some things to survive, but we also desire. We want love, peace, or happiness. Some desire great knowledge. Other desire fame and fortune. I would settle for a few extra minutes of uninterrupted sleep in the morning.
Having a fulfilling life is easier than one might think. My suggestion: set the bar low, at first. Setting small goals in life that lead to greater ones can give a great sense of accomplishment.
- Take time to enjoy the little things. Revel in a sunny day, listen to the birds sing or savor a silent moment.
- Pamper yourself every once in a while. Can we say “chocolate chip cookies”?
- Read. Anything will do. It will expand your mind, entertain, and improve your memory.
- Give to others. In the movie mentioned above, Clarence (Angel-Second Class) told George, “Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” When we give of our time or compassion, we fulfill others as well as ourselves.
Finding fulfillment may take a little work, but it’s worth it. It might not be a piece of cake or easy as pie, but don’t cry over spilled milk. Remain as cool as a cucumber, and you may never know hunger again.