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Recipe for a Happy New Year...anonymous


Take 12 fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly cleansed from all old memories of bitterness, hate, and jealousy.

Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite, pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past, have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.
Cut these months into 30 or 31 equal parts. (This batch will keep for one year. Do not attempt to make more than one batch at a time-many people spoil the entire lot in this way).
Prepare one day at a time as follows:
Into each day, put

12 parts of faith,
11 parts of patience,
10 parts of courage,
9 parts of work
(some people omit this ingredient and spoil the flavor of the rest),
8 parts of hope,
7 parts of fidelity,
6 parts of open-mindedness,
5 parts of kindness,
4 parts of rest
(leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad, "don't do it")
3 parts of prayer,
2 parts of meditation,
and 1 well-selected resolution.

add a teaspoonful of good spirits,
a dash of fun,
a pinch of folly,
a sprinkling of play,
and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Pour love liberally into the whole,
and mix with strength.
Cook thoroughly in a warming heat.
Garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy;
then serve with quietness,unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.