A Recipe For the New Year

On behalf of Libby’s H*O*P*E*™, we wish you and yours a happy and healthful New Year.

On behalf of Libby’s H*O*P*E*™, we would like to wish you and yours a happy and healthful New Year.

To the newly diagnosed ovarian cancer survivors, we stand ready to help you.  And, we extend our very best to those who corresponded with us over the past year.  It was both a privilege and honor to serve you.

To the ovarian cancer survivors in treatment, keep the faith and continue to fight the good fight. When times get tough and the desired results seem elusive, we hope that the following words inspire perseverance:

“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” — Jacob Riis (American newspaper reporter and photographer, 1849-1914)

To the ovarian cancer survivors who obtained the coveted status of “N.E.D.” (no evidence of disease), it is our greatest hope that you will pay your goodwill forward in support of another survivor and her family.

To the ovarian cancer survivors that we lost this year, you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers, and know that we will continue to fight this disease in your memory.

To start out 2011 in stride, we thought it might be helpful to provide bits of wisdom spoken or written by others. In addition, the beginning of the New Year would not be complete without some humor obtained from holiday seasons present and past.

Words of Wisdom For the New Year

A Recipe For the New Year. “Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.”  — Anonymous

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” — Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable, wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, and act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely, and await occasions and hurry never. In a word I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.” — William Ellery Channing

“Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look ten years younger. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I love you.’ Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.” — Ann Landers

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives – not looking for flaws, but for potential.” — Ellen Goodman

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” — Bill Vaughn

“New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” — James Agate

Humor For the New Year

Did you ever wonder what would happen if the Nativity occurred in the age of social media?  If so, check out the video below.

A classic holiday song about Chanukah (Hanukkah) by comedic superstar (and former Saturday Night Live cast member) Adam Sandler

2 thoughts on “A Recipe For the New Year

  1. Dear Paul,

    What a beautiful recipe for the New Year! Thank you so much for Libby’s H*O*P*E* website. It certainly has inspired and given hope to many who are in need. Hope 2011 brings much happiness and health to you and your family.



    • Dear Nancy,

      Thank you so much Nancy. I also want to wish you and your family all the best for the New Year. Your work with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in the Washington, D.C./Maryland area is a source of inspiration to many survivors and their families. Please extend my very best as well to Paula and her family. Both of you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

      All the best,



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