Take twelve months and bless them,
So that they are cleansed of bitterness and greed,
Fault-finding and fear.
Divide each section into one portion for each day,
So that your store will last you for the whole of the year.
And then, throughout the coming one,
Every day serve a portion that consists of:
Equal parts of work and toiling
That are done with humour and joy;
Three heaped tablespoons of optimism;
One teaspoon of tolerance;
One grain of mirth;
Add a generous pinch of tact
And pour lots of love over all of it.
When ready for serving:
Garnish with bunches of kindness and attentiveness.
Serve daily with cheerfulness,
A blessing and also a refreshing cup of tea.
Katharina Elisabeth Goethe 1731/1808
Mother of the German poet
Translation by Aquarius
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