Recipe for a Happy New Year

Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.

You’re bound to have a happy new year.

– Author Unknown

I chose this image for the New Year post because I think that water is much like the human spirit.  It sometimes flows smoothly and other times runs into resistance – like the log; but it doesn’t stop the current from flowing.  Water has to adapt to unexpected changes, it’s natural.

Humans who learn to take life as it comes and adapt to changes accordingly while dynamically moving forward in life tend to be the most successful and happiest people.  Humans who don’t learn to bend with life’s storms and seek to learn from them tend to be the ones who are continually struggling in more than one area of their lives.  Like water we must keep our own streams flowing while not fearing the obstacles in our way in order to get to the goals we want from life.  Water does not blame the log for impeding its path and making it harder to reach its destination.  When we no longer blame the obstacles in our lives and start to look for the reason and the lesson behind the obstacles we can be assured that growth has occurred.  That is always a wonderful thing!

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