RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

by BCBP Editor

by Nancy R. Catan, BCBP Manila

It doesn’t seem possible that another year has passed and a new year is birthing, full of opportunities, challenges and promises. The various media are so full of advice on how to be more healthy, how to deal with stress, how to survive the coming year in style, etc. etc. etc.

But the one I like the best is the Recipe for a Happy New Year that I received over the internet from an anonymous source.

Recipe for A Happy New Year

“Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, 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 thirty or thirty-one equal parts. 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.

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.

Add about one teaspoonful (or more according to your taste and need) of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.”

Enjoy each day and welcome each moment with joyful anticipation. Relax and savor each experience, whether happy or not, in your life journey, knowing and trusting that God is with you each step of the way.
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Jun and I wish you all a joy-filled, spirit-filled, and fruitful New Year 2013. May you enjoy God’s abundant blessings as you face the challenges and opportunities to grow that He blesses you with.

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