Unexpected Bits of Wisdom
Lately I’ve been noticing more and more products are sporting bits of wisdom as part of the package.
The first notice came with my occasional binges on Dove Dark Chocolate Bites. It took me a wrapper or two to realize pithy little “promises” hid within. For instance, “Encourage Your Sense of Daring” and “Smile Before Bed. You’ll Sleep Better” are two gems. I started calling these my chocolate fortune cookies and began collecting them. If you are trying to cut down on chocolate–I know I need to– *GaSp* did I really just say that?–you can unwrap a few calorie free promises at https://www.dovechocolate.com/epromise.
Recently I discovered Honest Tea and upon popping open the cap I found some great quotes. What I really like is the variety:
“Now I know the secret of making the best persons; it is grow in the open air and eat and sleep with the earth.”–Walt Whitman
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”–Albert Einstein
“The truth is a beautiful and terrible things, and should therefore be treated with caution.”–J.K. Rowling
“The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”–Helen Keller
“A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”–Douglas Noel Adams
“In order to a realist you must believe in miracles.”–David Ben-Gurion
“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt.” –Samuel Ullman
Finding bits of wisdom on drink caps probably isn’t too unusual, after all you can often find prizes and such depending on the drink. But what really surprised me was finding “A Pep Talk in Every Drop” as I popped a cough drop. I’m not much in the habit of caring about getting inspired when my throat’s scratchy. Although it probably isn’t so bad to make people feel good when they are feeling bad. Would these words cheer you up once your cough in under control:
“March forward!” “Keep your chin up.” “Now you get it in you.” “Elicit a few “wows” today.”
I think when I’m done teachering I will look into wrangling up a job for some company supplying these pity bits of wisdom. Hmm, I wonder how I find that listing at Linked In–“Wisdom generator available–light and deep bits created upon request.”
Any other bits or promises hiding out there?
I once got a text from a number I didn’t know that said simply ‘the shed door is open’..to this day I don’t know what it means but i am sure it is profound.
It is appealing to your inner farmer no doubt.
maybe a new line of work for the pre-published writer? love some of those quotes. the albert einstein is actually one of my favorites. i’ve always loved that one. and who doesn’t love another reason to keep eating more chocolate?
I never realized this until you pointed it out, but it’s true, they’re everywhere. I quite like my world peppered with philosophy and literature.
I prefer Snapple caps for my wisdom.
I always thought the the paper tails on Hershey Kisses would be perfect for fortunes. And they taste better than those nasty cookies.
Wait–I forgot to look at my Snapple cap. Is dumpster diving still considered unlovely and unacceptable behavior?
You’re asking this to a fellow who once owned rats, you know. Dive away!
Future reference: plastic Snapple caps Do Not carry wisdom bits. Luckily diving only required the back seat of the car.
No, silly, the metal ones on the 16-ounce glass bottles!