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Recipe for a Happy New Year
Take 12 fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly cleansed from
all old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate, and jealousy.
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 of patience, 10 of courage, nine of work (some people omit this
ingredient and spoil the flavor of the rest), eight of hope, seven of
fidelity, six of open-mindedness, five of kindness, four of rest (leaving
this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad-don't do it), three of
prayer, two of meditation, and one of well-selected resolution.
If you have no conscientious scruples, 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 vim. Cook thoroughly in a
fervent heat. Garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy; then serve with
quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness-and a Happy New Year is a
certainty

Happy New Year to everyone who was kind enough to share their good will,
wishes, experience and expertise with me over the past year.  I wish you joy
and happiness in the year to come.  May all your wishes come true.  God
bless.

John A. Gervais
Program Manager
Business Development and Strategic Planning Division,
Information Management Directorate,
Finance and Administration Branch,
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency,
16th Floor, Albion Tower, 25 Nicolas Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0L5

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