A Lesson from a Fortune Cookie

I love Chinese food. It’s the best.

After a big order of General Tso’s Chicken, I immediately went for my fortune cookie. I’m not a superstitious kind of guy. I realize most of these fortunes are standard. But this one, I felt different about. I felt like this fortune was for me.

“You deserve to have a good time after a hard day’s work”

It wasn’t really a fortune, it didn’t tell me my “future”, but instead reminded me of something I had forgotten.

Sometimes I forget to have fun.  It’s easy to do when you’re working hard. I take life too seriously — I have to. What other options do I have? I have work to get done. Things to do. People to see and people to please. This is the only way I can succeed. I’m willing to put it all out there. I’m sure you can relate.

But we have to remember to reward ourselves. We have to remember to kick back, relax, do what we enjoy doing the most.

There are so many things I enjoy doing. But over the last two years, those things have taken a back seat to writing. Rightfully so.

I tried to make a day in which I did something recreational. That was last summer. It didn’t work. Some how I get leashed into other obligations. I make promises, I say things I shouldn’t say and before i know it, all that “free” time is out the window.

I’m young. I don’t have kids. In retrospect, I’m busy, but it could be worse. I could have more responsibility…a lot more. But right now, I’m calling the shots. I need to take advantage of that.

Just like writing — I need to make the time. It’s not that I don’t have time, it’s that I don’t make the time.

I should crash on the couch. Or catch up on homework. No, no. I should pop in a movie I’ve been telling myself to watch. Or grab fishing pole and catch the Steelhead run.

I’m not saying I don’t enjoy writing. But writing is a job. I still write with passion and I’m more productive than ever. But it’s life that inspires writing and writers need to remember to live.

And that’s the lesson today. Work hard. Do what you got to do.

And then relax. Do something you enjoy.

Make a list of things you enjoy doing. Make them happen. You won’t regret it.

Let it be about you. Then help others.

Always be writing. Everyday.

-REH

One thought on “A Lesson from a Fortune Cookie

  1. Gwen February 5, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    Love this reflection.

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