Friday, January 10, 2014

~Stay Young~

I had a different post in mind for today as I have some special things I wanted to share, and even the dark gloom and clouds we've been having had lifted this morning in full cooperation with picture taking . . . and then my camera battery died before I could even get started! So those things will just have to wait, which is probably for the best because I am in a state of just too tired anyway. My brain is at about 12% capacity today and I'm not even exaggerating. Much better to wait until it's back at it's usual 55%. ;)

I do, however, have something else to share . . . something that I can just copy down word for word for you and don't have to think past that. This is a short inspirational bit that one of my dearest friends read to all of us attending her 50th birthday party last summer. It's something she had found in an old magazine of her father's from back in the 50's or 60's and it spoke deeply to her. I also think it's beautiful and very true and I want to keep it in mind always. I hope you will be encouraged by it as I have.

So without further ado, this is how to . . .

Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind, it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self distrust, fear, these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether seventy or sixteen there is in every being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars, the starlight things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the child-like joy and the game of life.
You are as young as your self-confidence, as old as your doubt; as young as your faith, as old as your fear. 
As long as your heart receives messages of power: from the earth, from man and from the Infinite, so long you are young.

The Youngest being Young
- August 2012-



  1. Very meaningful words today. Thank you!

  2. Oh, so very, very good! That Loraine. We sure do get a lot of food for the soul through her, don't we?
    Thank you for posting this, Little Jennie. (As in, YOUNG Jennie!)

  3. Just stopping by from Lemon Lane Cottage. I looked at your profile and notice you were from Vancouver, WA. That is where I have made my home for 34 years. I am looking forward to visiting you often and seeing what your blog is all about.


    1. Hi Debbi- I'm so glad you said hello- totally makes my day :) How cool that we live in the same city!
      Hope your day is filled with goodness!


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