Our Weekly Message for December 17, 2003
Greetings and Happy
Holidays to all of our special friends,
It is so hard to
believe that we are a few days away from Christmas
break. We hope that each of you are celebrating in
your own way with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or
whatever you choose to celebrate the season. It is
a time to bring families and friends together.
Here are some thoughts for the day from "Bits and
"I tell people: If you don't want to get into
positive thinking, that's okay.
Just eliminate all the negative thoughts from your
mind, and whatever is left will be fine." Bob
Rotella, sports psychologist
"Just when you think you have graduated from the
school of experience, someone thinks up a new
course." Mary H. Waldrip, journalist
"When you talk, you repeat what you already know;
when you listen, you often learn something." Jared
Sparks (1789-1866) historian and editor
"Unshared joy is an unlighted candle." Spanish
As each of us wind down in 2003 and look ahead to
2004, we all want to review our approach to life.
Below is a special "Recipe for the New Year" that
will sure to work for even those of us who don't
May God continue to
bless you during this blessed holiday season and
throughout the coming year. We are blessed to have
friends and clients like you. We will bid farewell
for 2003 and resume the Weekly Message in 2004. Be
safe and happy, and, as always, please keep in
Joyce E. Pennington
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 the whole batch at once. Prepare it one
day at a time out of
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 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.