DON'T EVER GROW TOO OLD
Don't ever grow too old for birthdays,
Fun-things that you used to do,
Don't give up your dreams because you
Feel that they have not come true.
Don't forget the sound of laughter,
Or the love in someone's eyes,
Don't trade memories for pleasures,
All that in a moment dies.
Don't give up your zest for living,
Saying you are much too old,
Is this what you feel, or is it
Something that you have been told?
There's a valley deep within us,
Where there is an eternal Spring,
Where there is no sound of sorrow,
And the birds forever sing.
Though your gait is not as steady now,
As once it used to be,
And your vision's clouding over things
You used to clearly see,
Do not let the weight of decades,
Turn you into bitter gall,
For with age there comes a wisdom,
That is a blessing to us all.
Hold your years up like a banner,
Wave it brightly in the sun,
When folks tell you life is over,
Tell them it has just begun.
Loneliness can never touch you,
If you won't allow it to,
And in sharing love with others,
... God will give it back to you.
Age should cause us to take in, appreciate and enjoy the world around us and those we come in contact with. Older people should stay a bit contemporary in thought while meshing wisdom with the reality of their age. Youth is fun and age is stability -- what a wonderful combination.
It is not my birthday but the birthdays of my two oldest sons this year remind me that I'm definitely getting older. The oldest will be 40 and the next down the line will be 39. I look back and remember just how really young I was at that age but to those having the birthdays it is often a time of big changes in their lives.
Age doesn't really matter at all to me. Life goes on from one day to the next and I try to live each one the very best I can. Life is more than just existing. It is more than just breathing. It is more than just slowly counting your birthdays while your body gets older and weaker. It has taken me many years of learning and growing, but I think that now I am finally beginning to understand what life is and what life isn't. We can choose a lifetime of love, joy, peace, happiness, goodness, delight, and oneness with God for ourselves.
I realize that whether I have 20 years, 20 days, or 20 minutes left I don't just want to let them pass me by. I want to truly live them.
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