Fellow puzzle lovers can appreciate unexpected expert advice that can actually make you think. Sometimes when you solve a puzzle, a fortune-cookie-type response can appear.
While some people dismiss the advice (and “predictions”) of fortune cookies, the messages inside these Asian treats often say something that gets us to consider things from a different perspective. I believe wisdom may be found from some of these puzzle messages, too.
“Wake up and tell yourself it’s going to be a good day.”
How you start the day can determine how your day goes. Not all of us are morning people (I’m sure there are plenty of mornings when even innkeepers do not feel like getting up), but beginning the day with the belief it is going to be a good day can help us have a good day.
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
Whether your inn regularly hosts international guests or not, you can still appreciate that universally warm smiles are understood to represent kindness.
“Just when you think you’ve graduated from the school of experience, someone thinks up a new course.”
This is certainly true for innkeepers who must learn new things, especially as technology changes. There will always be new things to learn, so we should be thankful that we are able to understand new things. Each day is a gift and we should make the most of our time.
“If you want things to change in your life, start with your thinking.”
While it is human nature to see what could go wrong, it is always in our best interest to think positively. This does not mean we don’t take precautions, but optimistic thinking assumes that good things will inevitably happen as the result of our productive efforts.
“The mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless you open it.”
Before anyone jumps out of a plane, they must learn how to safely pull their parachute cord. Before we make any important decisions in our life, we need to make sure that our mind is open to other ways of doing things.
“Habits and beliefs become the blueprint through which we build our reality.”
Our habits and beliefs do work to create our reality. Of course there are unexpected things that happen in life (both good and bad), but we are ultimately responsible for the lives we lead. While we cannot change circumstances and situations outside of our control, we can certainly work on our patterns of thinking.
“The more you dream, the farther you get.”
When you dream you are on your way to becoming more inspired to take action. Only taking action will you get any farther. Those who do not dream will never be inspired to act.
“The door of opportunity will not open unless you do some pushing.”
Excluding those born into wealth, most people in life must work for their rewards. Opportunity does not show up unless effort we put the effort in. The work we do can be very rewarding once we start reaching more of our goals. The people who are most likely to succeed in life write down their goals. Consider having daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and long-term goals. The more specific you are, the more real the goals become.
“Admitting our failings is one way of acquiring fresh insights.”
Since we are all human, not everything we do will turn out how we planned. When we see what we could have done different and admit our failings, we are on our way to acquiring fresh insights.
“Lighting a lamp for someone else will also brighten your path.”
This can be taken literally since often innkeepers live the lights on for guests to make their way back to the B&B safely. By lighting their way, you are likely increasing their trust of your hospitality.
“The best part of any journey is the people you meet along the way.”
We have all met people that we are so thankful to have met. Our lives would not be the same without them. Some of you have repeat guests that you have grown to love. We can’t imagine not ever having met them.
“Appreciation is like an insurance policy. It has to be renewed now and then.”
When guests feel appreciation, they are more likely to come again. Make note of birthdays and anniversaries. Consider rewarding your returning guests with a free upgrade in their room or by treating them to something extra like a massage for two.
“You haven’t used all your options until you’ve asked for help.”
We are not all gifted in the same areas nor do we like to do the same tasks. That is a good thing! We can have others who are more skilled in certain areas and who enjoy using those skills, help us. It has been said to focus on what you do best, and hire out the rest. If marketing is one of those areas you do not understand (as well as you would like) and/or you do not care to spend your time doing, contact Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging for a free consultation.