Our Fortunes, in 6 Words


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Fact: I’ve never read the last page of a book first.

6 words graphicWhy would I? I know some of y’all do. I can’t do it. I want to experience the story as it unfolds. This is why I wouldn’t ask a fortuneteller anything. You think I want to know if the Colorado Rockies will ever win a World Series?

Heck no.

Part of the beauty of experiencing anything – even the agony of being a Rockies fan – happens to be the prospect of hope. Not its guarantee. Knowing that the Rockies won’t win it all until 3023 would ruin baseball for me forever.

I compile a monthly post called 6 Words on my blog. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in six words. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

Here’s the prompt for June:

If you asked someone to read your fortune, what’s the best thing they could say to you?

This question came from the website Q4KIDZ, which provides daily questions designed to spark imagination and conversation between you and your kids. Check them out.


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1. The best is yet to come.

Charlotte K., of My Pixie Blog


2. You will live a happy life.

Lauren S.


3. Your wildest dreams will come true.

Aj, of Read All the Things!


4. Nap as long as you want.

Stephanie, of Steph the Book Worm


5. Human will feed you salmon daily.  😻

Pat C., of New Bloggy Cat


6. Your children will happily outlive you.

Kelly M., of Just Typikel


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7. To mother well: drink more wine.

Angela C., of MOMtessoriLife


8. You will continue to be loved.

Dana H., of Kiss My List


9. Someone paid your student loan debt.

Jillian S., of Jillian Loves …


10. You will marry Miss Piggy soon.

Bacon T., of Pig Love


11. You are bringing glory to God.

Susan D., of Color Me Writing


12. You will embrace all your successes.

Kathy R., of My Dishwasher’s Possessed


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Sunrise at Pompano Beach.

13. They will say you did well.

Katherine B., of Welcome to the Nursery


14. No young deaths in my family.

Kristi C., of Finding Ninee


15. Your elbow will soon move fully.

Yvonne T., of Hello World


16. Your children will have blessed lives.

Vera S., of Lady and the Blog


17. All is and will be well.

Mimi, of Messymimi’s Meanderings


18. Together you’ll live happily ever after …

Deb, of Deb Runs


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19. Your kids will be great people.

Tanja L., of Sports Mum


20. “Well done, good and faithful servant.

Chris & Kim, of Curb Your Anxiety


21. He’s done, But he’s here forever.

C.S., of How I Lost My Chains


22. Your Words Fly and Hearts Open.

Leslie, of Ink Interrupted


23. Actually, you do see white moose.

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera


24. Take the day off. I insist.

Louise H., of Baby Gates Down


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25. Long happy life with loved ones.

Rea A., of Blissful Snapshots


26. Live to see your grandkids’ kids.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic


27. Life rich in love and laughter.

Lauren B., of Lauren Boldizar


28. Good things are headed your way.

Emily F., of The Emi Times


29. You will live long and prosper.

Ashley C., of Happy, Pretty, Sweet


30. Patient prayers will all be granted.

Annie, of McGuffy’s Reader


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31. You will be healthy and happy.

Beth K., of The Beth Next Door


32. Expect babies, happiness, Two Star General.

2d Lt. Annelise Rowe, of Aunie Sauce


33. I see only happiness, no sorrow.

Ellen, of 15 and Meowing


34. I see endless amounts of sunshine.

Corey W., of Nostalgia Diaries


35. You will have eternal mental peace.

LJ


36. Your hard work will pay off.

Nikki W., of Boldly Bravely You


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photo credit: Ib Aarmo Studying at the library via photopin (license)

37. Studying further will open those doors.

Anthea B., of My 30something Adventures


38. Your grandchildren will live happy lives.

Mo, of Mocadeaux


39. The best is yet to come.

Jaye L., of Jaye Street


40. In your old age you will …

T. P. Hogan, of Escape … and Explore Hidden Worlds


41. Don’t worry gorgeous, you’re doing great!

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me


42. You’ll be crap at video games.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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43. You will live happily ever after. 🙂

Katy W., of Stereotypically Able


44. The stars will align for you.

Lisa T., of The Great Escape Divorce Support at Lisa Thomson Live


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66 thoughts on “Our Fortunes, in 6 Words

      1. Lol, it flew by for sure but truly I’m glad it did. I say sayonara to June! Today’s the start of a new month!

    1. Any time, my even-toed ungulate friend. Kermit showed up here last night lit as a Christmas tree with a switchblade and a couple of toad heavies, so just be sure to watch your back!

  1. I love all of these positive, hopeful fortunes. The universal truth: we all yearn for happiness, good health and a life filled with love. Thanks for including me, Eli!

    1. Not a downer in the lineup, Mo. Happiness, health, and love are definitely universal truths, whether we get them through a fine glass of wine, a handful of animal crackers, or a gaggle of bloggers rising to the challenge.

      Great to have you as always, friend.

  2. I love so many of these, everything is so uplifting! I’m glad everyone has such a great look on the future. I can pretty much guarantee your fortune is already true for me. Video games are not my forte. Thank you so much for including me in this post!!

    1. Not even one person tried, “You will always suck at everything,” Beth. It’s a pretty uplifting band, these. I could be fine at video games – it’s being able to beat a 2 year old I have a problem with.

      Frees us up for bigger things, my friend. Thanks for joining us for the journey.

    1. It’s a good bucket full of awesome, isn’t it Kristi? I kept mine light (plus it left more of the universe a surprise to me.)

      I’m awful at video games. The worst investment of a quarter since Beta tapes.

  3. Eli. These are so fun to read. Thank you for including me. May your unspoken fortunes come true (including the Rockies winning a World Series)! The cubbies did it so anything is possible. 🙂

    1. LJ! Glad you like them. Always good to have you aboard. If the Rockies win the World Series, I’ll … well, pigs won’t fly and it won’t be a sign of the apocalypse, because the Cubs already did it.

      I will be on the lookout for the four horsemen, however.

    1. Bake has had a thing for Miss Piggy for quite a while, and he and Kermit have come to blows over it, according to TMZ. His fortune would answer all his prayers.

  4. A 6 word comment seems only appropriate: Such hope, in such few words.

    Because isn’t that what it’s all about? If I — and apparently so many others — can sum up what we want for our lives in 6 words, then the ultimate answer really is quite simple. Work toward that, and no fortune teller is necessary. I’d believe my heart over one of them any day anyways.

    As for you, Eli, sucking at video games seems like fantastic future; that way, there’s so much more time for reading and writing and loving and laughing and cursing and eating ginger snaps at midnight. You know, the important things…

    Thank you for letting me be a part of this post, and for prompting me to remember what really matters most. Reading this was the perfect way to start my day this morning.

    1. Beautifully done on the six words … and wonderful to have you along for the journey, Corey. There’s some magical balance in six words, and it’s not even a prime number, which I have a thing for.

      When we can simplify a purpose that concisely, we write our own fortunes. The trick is getting ourselves to believe that fortune, as we would were it given to us by someone with the special powers to find it.

      WE have those special powers, if we listen to them. Having a lifetime that never included seeing past the second screen of Pac-man and having my arse handed to me by my kids in Mario Kart has definitely freed up time for other pursuits.

      Not the least of which is ginger snaps at midnight. That just might be the working title of my autobiography. The more reading and writing and cursing and loving and laughing you can get in a day, you feel like you’ve beaten all four ghosts and a thousand legions of Mario turtles anyway, right?

      And words that leave an impact are the best way to start a morning, even if you haven’t had the ginger snaps the night before. Thanks for being part of it.

    1. We all need to hear that now and then, Jenn. And here’s a reminder: Well done, good and faithful servant.

      The victory isn’t in a score or narrow goal; it’s in the ability to give each day our best, appreciate the blessings around us, and wake up the next day, ready to give our best again.

    1. Glad you love it, Trish! I love compiling these lists and learning how we interpret the prompt, and putting it all together. Yours is a good one!

      We grow from that discomfort – unless it’s caused by stepping on a LEGO. That’s different!

  5. Some truly great answers there. I’m particularly fond of (and didn’t write) “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Who doesn’t want to hear that?

    1. A lot of good fortune going on, Susan. The ‘good and faithful servant’ one should write hymns. A fist-bump from the Creator isn’t a bad way to end your shift.

  6. “Your Life total: ninety-three or ninety-seven.”
    Just think how full of hope I’ll be at 23:59:59 on 10 April 2064. One second from my 94th birthday. –Robert

  7. These fortunes are all so very beautiful and so hopeful… I hope that’s the right word. I just loved reading them. Also the one about the kids happily outliving us. YES. I think about that one a lot and I’m not even a parent. Is that weird? It’s like I have some irrational fear about parenthood and some serious trust in the order of the universe. I know.

    Who reads the last page of a book first?! HOLY SPOILER ALERT! Omg, no. NO. THAT TOTALLY RUINS EVERYTHING! Hope you have a wonderful long weekend, Eli!

    1. That’s a perfect word, Charlotte! I get to be the only person who sees the entries as they come in.

      Yes on the kids! And I hope that my girls are always close friends, as they are now. It’s my one serious request.

      It’s not weird at all. Children should always happily outlive us. The universe is a scary thing to trust, but we haven’t much of a choice, I’m afraid.

      Some people do read the last page first! That’s worse than throwing away graham crackers. Enjoy your long weekend, my friend. Love seeing you here as always.

  8. Yeah, the video game thing — I feel ya. The only thing I cannot participate with the rest of the family. Because I like laughing WITH people — not having them laugh at me because I cannot get Captain America to jump up the damn wall. Like how did they even know he was supposed to go up the wall in the first place??!!
    Love seeing all our heart’s desires spoken here. I think in the end it’s enough to say that we simply LIVED, eh?
    (sorry it was Canada day and my Canadianese is still on – hee)

    1. We just don’t possess the talent, Rore. Let them all level up. We’ll eat the cookies. I figured if anyone knew how to get Captain America to jump up the damn wall, it would be you.

      The kids know all the cheats and secrets.

      There’s a ton of heart’s desires in here, but did anyone give proper love to pizza? Even in Canada.

  9. Oops, I read this originally from my phone where it’s a pain to comment and I’m just now realizing that I never commented. I enjoyed the positive outlook on life shared by everyone. Thanks for including me, Eli!

  10. I read through these last week while in transit and wanted to wait until I had time to reply – I loved this – so motivating. I think I was in a bit of a funk when I submitted mine 🙂 Nothing a staycation week doesn’t fix though. Thanks for including me in this wonderful company and collection of good wishes.

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