The discovery of a new dish
does more for human happiness
than the discovery of a new star.
— Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826) French gourmet & lawyer
[More than one cook have been accused of leaving out a key ingredient of an asked-for recipe. Try as one might, one never seems to produce the same results as the original cook. Something vital is missing. Here is a recipe for “contented living” or what we might call “happiness.” As good as these directions are, there is at least one key ingredient missing (it seems to me.)]
There are nine requisites for contented living:
HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure;
WEALTH enough to support your needs;
STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor;
LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
FAITH enough to make real the things of God;
HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
[What, if anything, is missing? Please give your answer by leaving a comment. For every person who posts a serious answer or comment on this blog in the next 168 hours from the time of this post, I will donate $2.00 to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry. Tell friends and family that they can get involved.
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[The chef is Dewan Bisht who uploaded his picture to Wikimedia Commons.]