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The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, the first day of the new year. What can we wish that this day, that this year, may bring us?

Nothing that shall make the world of others poorer, nothing at the expense of others; but just those few things which in their coming do not stop with us but touch each one rather, as they pass and gather strength:

– A few friends who understand us, and yet remain our friends.

– A work to do which has real value without which the world would feel the poorer.
– A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed.

– An understanding heart and forgiving spirit.

– The will and the way to help others.

– A sight of the eternal hills and unbelting sea, and of something beautiful the individual hand has made.

– A sense of humor and the power to laugh.

– A little leisure with nothing to do.

– A few moments of quiet, silent meditation.

– And the patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to know them when they come.

Reference: Guide words An Anthology of Inspiration and Humor; written, in part, by W. R. Hunt.