Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Take 12 fine, full-grown months. See that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, and jealousy. Cleanse them completely from every clinging spike; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness. In short, see that these months are as 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 just one year. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way), but prepare one day at a time as follows:

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution.

Then put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a jigger of laughter, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat, garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy, then serve with sweetness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness and a happy New Year is a certainty.

~~Author Unknown

Five years ago today: New Thing #355--Auld Lang Syne


  1. Oh how I love this! What a wonderful way to look at a new year~!

  2. Perfect post for the last day of the year. Love your idea of every day doing something you've never done before. Wow - that's quite the challenge!

    1. I found this quote mid-year, and saved it for this very day :-)

      I completed my 'thing a day' challenge almost five years ago, when my life was less busy. Now it would be more of a challenge to complete it

  3. Just perfect! My favorite part is the reminder to focus on each day rather than rushing ahead to the next. How many joys have I missed because I was so busy looking ahead instead of enjoying the day?