I have been doing a private International Chinese Chicken Salad Contest for over 20 years. Whenever I see this salad on a menu I try it and compare it to my blue chip standard. Wolfy’s Chinese Chicken Salad. Wolfgang Puck’s CCS tops them all. This honor is largely due to his ridiculously fabulous snappy ginger-sesame oil dressing. Today, I sampled this salad at City Wok in Studio City. Loved the addition of roasted black sesame seeds. Enjoyed the light vinegar dressing. Pretty yummy overall. But it got nothin’ on my little strudel’s salad. Wolfy still rules. Anyway…
The last time I ate at City Wok I did not get a fortune in my fortune cookie. Nor did I receive a fortune the time before that. This happens a lot. I mean a lot a lot. It is disappointing, disconcerting, and dubiously dubious. I don’t get it. But you know, everything happens to me, right?
Today, I got lucky. Well, maybe not lucky. You are owed a damn fortune in a fortune cookie. So, today I didn’t get ripped off. I not only got a fortune. I got a real gem of a fortune.
” The world will soon be ready to receive your talents. “
Exactly what I needed to hear.
This fortune got me to thinking. No small feat I can assure you.
Have you ever felt that you were born at the wrong time? That your life would have been so different if you were born 5, 10, 20 years sooner or later?
I have gone at least ten rounds with this timing thing.
So far, Time is still the winner and belt wearing champion. This holds true for all of us of course. I have not been blessed with a special life in the agita lane gene. Being in the right place with the right stuff at the right time is the definition of good fortune. Why is it that some of us seem to get it right most all of the time? It is as if some folks haven’t missed a beat since they left their Mama’s house? They picked up the bat and hit a home run the first time they swung at anything and have been winning the game ever since. The world gets them.
To be honest, I don’t know why that is. Maybe they just won’t take no for an answer and that’s that? Maybe what they have to offer finds its way to home and glory, faster. Don’t know.
Here is what I do know.
Nothing in the world can stop an idea whose time has come. Ideas are thoughts. And thoughts are things. And it doesn’t matter if your idea is a recipe, a way of being, a song, or a hat. It doesn’t matter to Time when the world is ready for you. It only matters to you. Since when does that count for anything?
It is painful to feel that you are out of step. To be misunderstood or underappreciated. Unless you have bought into the idea that you are without gifts because it appears most people don’t recognize them?
( Which I can assure you is a lie. )
It will not serve you to hide your under-loved light. Shine it in the light. Shine it in the dark. Shine it until the world is ready to receive your talents. We must resist the temptation to define ourselves and our gifts by a standard of any sort. This is a timing issue and that’s all. Know in your heart that what you have to offer is wonderful. Tend to it and remain passionate about it.
The world will soon be ready to receive your talents.
Sending Love, Light and Oceans of Bliss.