HOW OLD ARE YOU?
It’s a straightforward question, isn’t it? Or is it? We all know our chronological age, but how old we feel psychologically can be a very different matter. There are some days we walk with a spring in our step and other days when we feel weary and worn.
In 1914, Dr. Frank Crane penned deeply thought-provoking words on the subject, in a New Mexico newspaper. Over a hundred years later, these thoughts remain just as relevant and life-giving…
‘Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin; but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear, and despair—these are the things that bow the heart and turn the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart, the lure of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars, and at starlike things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing, childlike appetite for what next, and the joy of the game of living.
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.
In the central place of your heart is an evergreen tree; its name is Love. So long as it flourishes you are young. When it dies, you are old. In the central place of your heart, there is also a receiving station. As long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage, you are young. But when the central place of your heart gets covered with the snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism. then you are old.”
Have a great week! And may you stay forever young!