Weekly Photo Challenge: CHANGE, or A Gift from Ginger Garden

My mother made two intentional jokes in her life. One of them was when she (Texas born) entered into a conversation about something-or-other saying, “Let’s talk about Texas. We weren’t, but let’s —”

For my two sisters and me, that was hilarious, a great and witty tool to bring a conversation right where you wanted it to be, without belligerence or rudeness. (Maybe you won’t think so, but for us, it worked!)

So I’m saying about this week’s photo challenge, “Let’s talk about happiness. We weren’t but let’s —”

A Gift from Ginger Garden

Tonight at our current favorite Chinese restaurant, Ginger Garden, this was my fortune. For once, a fortune cookie combined good fortune and good sense. Absolutely, you’d better believe it, your happiness is intimately intertwined with your outlook on life.

Since a good Chinese meal is guaranteed to change my outlook for the better, how fortunate it is that 15 or 20 minutes’ drive east on Route 9 and the world becomes a brighter, happier place. (That’s a chopstick wrapper folded origami style to make a chopstick rest, in case you’re wondering.)

Do you have any sure-fire “fixes” that are guaranteed to change your outlook for the better?

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22 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: CHANGE, or A Gift from Ginger Garden

  1. Stef says:

    I love your mom’s approach! I’m going to have to remember that one; I think it’s terrific!
    Deep breathing, physical stretching, and generating gratitude can usually turn my outlook around. Easy, quick “fixes” – the best kind. 🙂

  2. I like that you got a fortune that made sense! So many now are very facile and on the other side is how to say a word in Chinese. I like the old sayings and this one is particularly true. Considering all my blessings and spending time with my family helps me feel better as does taking a short break, reading or having a nice meal. Going somewhere beautiful is good, too!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks so much for the comment, Janet.
      I have a little bit of hidden agenda here: I’m confident the list of other people’s “fixes” will be useful for me too! One can never have too many possibilities to generate happiness.

      • You’re right. Hopefully you’ll get some responses. Something else that helps change my attitude is to do something so I feel good about accomplishing a task, marking something off my list. Doing something for someone else is another great way to improve one’s mood!

      • Touch2Touch says:

        You’re certainly right about that! Even smiling at someone, and getting a smile back, is a great cheerer-upper!

      • It is. I try to smile at lots of people and even when I’m driving. Did you ever notice how grim people look while driving? I don’t smile AT other drivers but just have a smile on my face. If nothing else, it puts me in a better mood!

  3. jfb57 says:

    Chinese food always makes us hppy!

  4. A good Chinese meal would change my frown to a smile 😉

  5. The image and the thought behind it, is just fantastic! I want this as a poster.

  6. yes let’s talk about happiness!!!

  7. Let’s talk about…cookies!

  8. Pauline says:

    I wish I was going to remember your mom’s witty conversational gambit but I know it will be far from my tongue when I need it!

    As for a sure-fire fix, I go outside and walk, walk, walk. Or sometimes I seek out my favorite tree and just sit and talk to it. No matter the severity of the problem (or the weather), being out of doors is always my go-to remedy.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      And I know that it works for you —
      Did you know that in classical theology, Nature was one of the four faces of the G-word?
      (The others, as best as I recall them, are Beauty, Truth, and Love/Community.)

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