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Recipe for a Wholesome New Year by Leochi Recipe for a Wholesome New Year by Leochi

Medium: Watercolour pencils and pencil in Fabriano Classic Artist's Journal


RECIPE FOR A WHOLESOME NEW YEAR
Take twelve months and bless them,
So that they may be cleansed of all
Bitterness, greed, fault-finding, and fear.
Divide each section into thirty or thirty-one portions,
So that your store will last you a whole year.
And then, each day of the coming year,
Serve one portion that consists of:

Equal parts of labour, joy, and humour;
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 them.

When ready for serving:
Garnish with bunches of kindness and attentiveness.
Serve daily with cheerfulness,
And a good, refreshing cup of tea.

Catharina Elisabeth Goethe 1731/1808
Mother of the great German poet

Translation by Aquarius 2007

Reference:
www.pinterest.at/pin/239746380…

Link to the German orginal:
www.medienwerkstatt-online.de/…


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Cundrie-la-Surziere Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
Hübsche Zeichnung und schöner Text, danke!
Dir auch ein gutes und kreatives neues Jahr! :wave:
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
this is adorable :) the poem and the lovely drawing go so well together!
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Leochi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Thank you so much, my dear! :D Sorry for the late reply - RL doesn't allow me much online time atm.
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Passin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Such a sweet little girl. Once again, we see outstanding artwork from you. 
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Leochi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
Thank you so much! :D
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happytimer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work, I love her smile, so sweet!!!!Love Clap 
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Leochi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
You're very sweet, thank you! :D :heart:
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
Very pretty girl, and yes, Frau Goethe was correct!  Wise mothers often have successful children. ;) Happy New Year! :iconhnyplz:
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Leochi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
Thank you so much! You're so right about wise mothers having successful children. All the best to you, too. :heart:
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barananduen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018   General Artist
The drawing is so sweet! What a cutie! Love those eyes, the cheeks, and nose!! So cute!

I hadn't seen that poem before; it's very nice! :D I liked it.
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Leochi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
You are so sweet to say so, thank you! :heart: So glad you liked the poem. The German original is better, but there's a translation at least. :D
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