It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 10, Book 14

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a tempermental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows hold merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirits back to dust.

Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what's next and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station: so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young. 

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at 20, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at 80.

Samuel Ullman

So many people are judged by their age.  You are either too young to do certain things or too old.  But I think that age is a state of mind.  

Yes, I know that there are somethings I do more slowly these days, but I still do them.  I’ve seen some young people that act as if they are older than I am.  But then I can’t judge them either, because we never know what others are going through.  

There are a lot of things that will age people faster than others.  I try to keep the following quote in mind

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. 

Douglas MacArthur



I really like that Samuel Ullman piece you put at the beginning of your blog post. It sums things up quite nicely.

jack69 said...

Ahhhh there is youth. I keep trying to push old age back, because youth still exists. But nothing brings the smile, like EARLY youth. When danger did not exist, only adventure.

Love it.
We prepare to hit the road tomorrow, heading to our home base and a time of REPAIR and getting ready to head south with the Geese.

betty said...

I liked that Douglas MacArthur quote too, Ma. It does pretty much sum it up really well :) We are as young as we feel and act, no matter what age our driver's licenses might say.


Chatty Crone said...

I agree age is a state of mind - I have met young old people and old young people!