Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 1: January 1, 2011

Today's fortune: Investigate new possibilities with friends. Now is the time!

Today's lucky numbers: 9 27 30 32 36 43

I think it's appropriate that the very first fortune for this project involves friends, especially since spending more time with friends and family is one of the top New Year's resolutions each January 1.

But this resolution - 'Investigate new possibilities with friends' - could be interpreted a few different ways. I've spent the day thinking about it, as well as fighting off bouts of nausea associated with my post-New Year celebration hangover.

One way to look at this fortune is to explore new ventures with your current friends. That's interesting, because in the past year or so I've entertained the notion of writing projects with two of my closest friends: a biography of a baseball player with one, and a graphic novel with the other. Both of those projects have potential, and they've been put aside only because we're all busy with other aspects of our lives (me, I'm too busy chasing wisdom found inside cookies). But maybe this fortune is trying to tell me to proceed with those endeavors.

Or perhaps this fortune means I should re-kindle relationships with friends of the past. In fact, this very project led me to talk on the phone with such a friend this afternoon. I'll be writing about this more later, but a local television station is interviewing me tomorrow about My Daily Fortune. One of their producers is a guy I used to work with at a local newspaper. We were both employed there when the paper went under nearly three years ago. Besides just a few short e-mail conversations, I'd lost touch with him.

Until today. Until after I read today's fortune. We promised to stay in touch and get together for lunch soon.

Another possible meaning of the fortune is that I'm supposed to make new friends. I started a new job recently, and I'm one of eight people in a seven-week-long training class. The eight of us have developed a very tight bond in a short time period. I'm confident I'll be long-time friends with all of them. Also, my new office is chock-full of people. Maybe I'm supposed to make an effort to befriend some of them.

I think I'll do that. In fact, I'm going to make an effort to meet at least one new person every week at my work. (Selfishly, it's a smart thing to do: my company has lots of room for growth, and networking is always a terrific way to get on the fast track.)

By the end of this project, I could have 52 new friends. Not just Facebook friends, but real, flesh-and-blood people friends. That's pretty amazing, if you think about it.

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