Hello SOTGC community,
This post was inspired by a fortune cookie I got a week ago. I may or may not be obsessed with Asian food lately. Go ahead…make all the jokes and “DUH” comments you want…I realize I just softballed in a ton of sarcastic remarks. That being said, for some reason I have been craving Chinese food, Vietnamese food, and Sushi so there have been a few fortune cookies as of late.
The latest one I got is shown in the above picture. I posted that picture onto Facebook the day I got it with the caption “if you see me running around with a butterfly net over the next few days…this is why.” This got me thinking about WHAT in the world I could get that would have “no strings attached” and that was special. I was really hoping it wasn’t that flu/cold going around, or a pie in the face that comes out of nowhere, or being plopped on by a bird during a business lunch (this happened to my area Vice President when he came out to do a ride along…I notice he hasn’t asked to come back yet…) or anything else that would be “special” and have no strings attached. Other than that I completely drew a blank on what I could receive that would truly have no strings attached…
It seems like these days there are strings attached to almost everything. Everyone expects something in return for what they do or give. Every action is observed, commented on, and suppositions are drawn. So I decided that instead of waiting for “what would be handed to me with no strings attached,” that I would make a conscious effort to do something nice for someone at least a few times a week where I expected nothing back. Maybe instead of a physical or monetary “gift,” this fortune meant I should start stepping outside my own life more often, think of others around me who are less fortunate, and give back with no expectations of return as often as I can.
Sometimes I think that too often, we view “receiving” as an indication that something physical will be given to us. When I look at the best “gifts” that I have ever been given, they have usually involved someone giving me a hug when I wanted it, a push when I needed it, or a correction when I was deserving of it. No strings, just good intentions playing it forward.