If you’re a Facebook citizen, you’ve probably seen the image below or some approximation of it.
The three words I found were Popularity, Experience, and Intelligence.
Not that I truly have my heart set on any or all three. They were just the first words that I happened to recognize. I could have easily found Freedom, Youth, and Money. Or I could have found Vex, Pines, and One. It’s all on how you interpret it. Also, all of the words are written in Left-To-Right and not as in a true Word Find format. There are no diagonals, Top-To-Bottom, or backwards words.
Unless you count Erty as a word.
In truth, these sorts of things portend as accurately as your run-of-the-mill horoscopes. They’re nice, often vague, and give advice that you’d probably expect from your grandmother. For instance, my horoscope for today says…
Today, your business is your business — and their business is their business. So keep your nose out of what’s going on in other people’s lives, or else you will get an earful from someone who feels like their privacy is being invaded and their actions judged. Stay focused on your own path. Keep your eyes straight ahead, and your feet pointed forward. Just keep marching along your own path. There’s nothing to see here. Even if there is, you need to stay out of it.
I could boil that down to the four words that my dad often said: “Keep your nose clean.”
The same goes with fortune cookies. A recent one I have tells me that:
To love and be loved are blessings.
Quite the maxim, but bleedin’ obvious when you scratch through the veneer of Ancient Chinese Wisdom.
If I were to take those three found words seriously, I will gain popularity, experience, and intelligence. I don’t wish to be popular in terms of fame. I’m sure my friends are quite keen on me and you, gentle reader, seem to be attracted to what I write, via gonzarro. Honestly, that’s all I need. I don’t need infamy or clicks or anything. I don’t even have a sex tape, so that shows you my wild pursuit for Fame, Notoriety, Popularity, and Endorsement Deals is nil.
The second and third words, well, anyone gains those just by living the life I already live. There’s nothing quite impressive there, yet, these are things that I do have to work for. I will not gain those through inactivity or osmosis. So I suppose, in a way, these are just reminders that I should keep on keepin’ on.
When you boil it down, fortunes, horoscopes, and word finds are nothing more than advice, suggestions, and spices to dip into the recipe of your day. One should heed their advice as skeptically as one would the advice of a complete stranger: sift what is useful from useless and discard the rest.
As a special note, the image above was shared on the wall of my friend, Suz. She writes poetry and you might enjoy some of her work. She often does what’s called “Poetry On Demand,” basing or using a word suggested by her friends. Here’s one she recently did on my suggestion of the word “adipose” (because we’re also silly Whovians).