Fortune cookie wisdom


Years ago, I helped a friend who was in film school make a movie. I was her wardrobe person, and played a bit part as a bitchy waitress. The movie was about an eccentric old woman, her equally weird middle-aged son, his unhappy girlfriend, and their mildly disturbed 7 year-old daughter. It contained quirky xylophone music, the way any good late 90’s indie film school project should. In one scene, the guy’s mom {her name was Cake} was hiding under a table in a Chinese restaurant, two women finishing their lunch. One woman complained incessantly to the other, who begrudgingly listened. When the server delivered the fortune cookies, Cake stealthily reached up and grabbed them, replacing them with fortune cookies that she brought herself. The lady who was listening opened her cookie and the fortune read: “You know what you should do, but you’re not doing it.” That line always stuck with me–on so many levels–the image of that strip of paper pops into my head every time I have that uncomfortable impulse to be courageous, and then proceed to be totally not courageous. To try something new, to write or communicate or create in an authentic way, to remove myself from an unhealthy situation…the list goes on.

We recently decided to start posting here more often. It has always been part of the plan–to be engaged on a bloggy level–but something has been blocking us from actually doing it on a regular basis. It’s interesting to look at that, nearly two years since our doors opened, and to wonder: why aren’t we doing the thing that every smart business person in the world would tell us to do? Not that clever and consistent blogging is the only key to success, but as most of our role models have shown, it’s a huge part of it. And not that the only reason to blog is to be successful in business–we certainly both have a very sincere desire to share and engage. So why aren’t we doing it? The answer is a big general one, which I think everyone can relate to: we invent stumbling blocks that prevent us from doing the work we know we need to be doing because we’re afraid of what real success {or happiness, or freedom} might look and feel like. That sounds a little psychobabbly, but whatever. It’s true. Personally, my excuses for not doing things range from the inarguable “lack of time”to  the inescapable “someone else is already doing it, and doing it better.” Pretty lame, but pretty convincing arguments.

So here I am, writing about not writing. This post started out as a dissertation on the merits of lowbrow art + highbrow craft. It was so boring. {But it’s Wednesday!  It’s my day to post something and I want it to be impressive!} The topic proved to be an example of something that someone else has already done, and done it better. I realized that if I write about what’s really going on over here {I’m a real person–facing the same challenges as everyone} it might get us off on a better foot than getting all stuffy and academic about it. Don’t you think? And it’s also kind of this awesome proof that you can totally bring your own fortune cookie that reads: “You know what you need to do, and now is a pretty awesome time to do it.”



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Bricolage is a store, low-brow gallery and workshop in downtown Boise, offering one of a kind, humanmade objects from makers around the country, as well as art prints, books, cards and other awesomeness.
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