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Unspoken Desire July 15, 2010

Posted by ninapaules in Living Life.
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Last time we munched through the magical power of fortune cookies.  Today, let’s talk fortunes – of the unspoken variety.

More than once, I’ve stood accused by someone of being a mind reader.  Thankfully, I’ve never been convicted.  But, my knack, ability, gift — whatever word you want to stick on it — is un-nerving, even for me, because I never know when to trust what floats unbidden through my mind when I’m talking to someone, or just chalk that strange idea/thought/image up to this vivid writer’s imagination of mine.

But then, some things in life are hard to deny when I see them.

One is regret.  It’s important to be careful with regret because it mimics guilt so well.  Guilt is giving your child a new toy because you feel bad about something you did/said or forgot to do.  Regret is laying on your deathbed wishing you’d spent less time at the office.

But never does regret start there.

Which leads me to my most favorite magical Fortune Cookie fortune of all time.

“Your unspoken desire is the road not taken.”

This favorite fortune of mine is actually from the 200th episode of JAG, a legal thriller that ran nine seasons, starting in 1995.  If you ever get a chance to watch the episode, titled “What If?”, do. (You can get it from Netfix.)  “What if?” is a vivid depiction of how one moment, one word, one yes that wanted to be a no, one fear that should have been trumped but wasn’t, rules the road not taken.  What remains is the life we lead.

In truth, I don’t know why I’m posting this, today.  I just know I need to.  So I will leave you with this.  The greatest gift you can give to another is a picture of the road not taken.  Then let them decide.