Tuesday, January 05, 2010

recipe for a happy new year...

Take twelve fine, full-grown months: see that these are thoroughly free from all old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate and jealousy, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite: pick off all the specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from the past---have them as fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.

Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Don't attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many people spoil the whole lot in 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 out this is likeleaving the oil out of the salad--don't do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about a teaspoon of good spirits, a dash of fun, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Pour love into the whole and mix with a vim*. Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat; garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy; then serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.

*lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality.

Christian Home Cook book--1974
a cookbook that had belonged to my grandmother.