Little messages, inspiring sayings, words of wisdom, and the like make me happy.
So when I break open a fortune cookie and read the little slip of paper that is nowhere near an actual fortune I tend to get upset. Mad, at the fortune cookie makers for depriving me of the fortune I so rightfully deserve. Often times the “fortunes” inside those tasty cookies are just statements, bearing no resemblance to “things that happen or are to happen to a person in his or her life” (thanks, dictionary.com).
Awhile back, I started a fortune cookie research project, taking down all of the critical info in an excel sheet; where the fortune cookies came from, what the messages were, and the brand of cookie. I’m not exactly sure what my research goals were, but had I continued my project perhaps it would’ve provided enough evidence to petition the fortune cookie makers to give the people real fortune cookies. Maybe they would have been audited to make sure at least 90% of the messages were actual fortunes. But knowing me, that all seems a bit unlikely. It probably would’ve just impacted from where I would have ordered my veggie lo mein and spring rolls.
But enough about fortunes, I don’t eat that much Chinese food anyway. Let’s move on to promises.
TRUE or FALSE: Erin likes chocolate.
True! Yes, I am a lover of most every kind of chocolate out there (except the ones my nut allergies don’t allow me to enjoy). However, sometimes it’s not about the chocolate itself but rather what’s inside the chocolate (or actually written on the inside of the wrapper). Whoever came up with the idea for Dove® Promises is a genius in my book. I recall buying them for the snack table at my NYC work one day just because I wanted (or needed) the little inspiring messages inside.
I realize this may sound silly, but it’s true. Sometimes a little message can just turn my day around. I could be feeling overwhelmed with life and I get a little positive message and it just makes me stop for a moment, take it all in, and then smile. It’s like it becomes a new day. So, thank you Dove® Promise writers! Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to seeing some new ones in my next bag. And feel free to stop using some of the ones that don’t really do anything for me. You can probably guess which ones I’m talking about.
Ok, another test to see how well you know me.
TRUE or FALSE: Erin likes getting rid of things.
False! I have the opposite problem, I like to save things. I’m working on it, but getting rid of stuff can be challenging for me. So, if you didn’t see it coming, yes, I save all my wrappers until I write the promises down in my journal. Now I don’t necessarily do this each time I eat one, so sometimes piles of blue crinkly foil do accumulate around my room. But every once in awhile I sit down with my journal and the empty wrappers laying around and read through all the messages already in my book. I’m essentially looking to see if I’ve already jotted each one down (I don’t put the dupes in) but in doing so, I rediscover all of these wonderful morsels of positive, happy thoughts. And I find myself smiling.
So, every now and then I’m going to share one of my favorites here. And who knows, you may be having a ‘down-in-the-dumps’ day and reading a promise just may turn it into an ‘I’m-on-top-of-the-world’ day.
With that said, I leave you with this Dove® Promise…”You are exactly where you are supposed to be.”