Wednesday, April 27, 2011

fortune cookie wisdom wednesday

i didn't have my camera with me today when stopping in at my favorite chinese restaurant, but i did manage to not lose the tiny fortune before getting back to my laptop. so, today's fortune cookie wisdom reminds us:

 "everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

in moments deep in meditation, i find it inconceivable that we can forget this truth! during the morning routines of everyday life, i find it difficult to believe that we can forget this truth. in the midst of afternoon turmoils, i find it sad that we forget this truth.  sometimes, in the depths of the evening's exhaustion, i forget this truth...

it's disheartening to realize that even when living a deeply spiritual life, the trials and tribulations that can attend daily life can blind us to what we already know. can instill misunderstood fears in our hearts.

our deepest fear, it would seem, is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. how can this be, you ask.  it is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us the most. we wonder, "who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?" but i would ask, who are you not to be so? you are a child of the universe. your playing small does not serve the world around you, much less yourself. there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you.  when you let your own light shine, you give other people permission to do the same, perhaps without even realizing it. as you liberate yourself from your own fear, your presence automatically liberates others.

so, go. liberate yourself. liberate the world around you. see the beauty that is in all things!



  1. WWW!!! Wonderful Wisdom on Wednesday. Thank you for this post. I had never thought about how by making myself invisible I was actually causing others to dim their own lights. Thank you, Joe. You always make me think and that is a good thing.;)

  2. Thank you Joe - wise words - now where can I hide?!!

  3. I really like this, not only letting your light shine but allowing yourself to be yourself, even wierdly or odd, instead of hiding our strange habits, as that's what other's are drawn too, our humanness!
    Thanks for the wisdom!

  4. thank you all. i truly enjoy these fortune cookie wisdom wednesdays as well since they afford me the opportunity to sit and contemplate with regularity... it's amazing what a tiny slip of paper tucked into a crispy cookie can make you think of!