Live with Enthusiasm
By Samuel Ullman
Youth is not a time of life. It's
a state of mind. It's a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination,
a vigour 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 only by deserting their ideals.
Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm, wrinkles the
Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear
and despair - these bow the head and turn the growing spirit back
Whether 60 or 16, there is in every
being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars
and the 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.
So long as your heart receives messages
of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth,
from man and from the Infinite, so long are you young.
When the wires are all down, and
all the central places of your heart are covered with the snows
of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are
you grown old indeed, and may God have mercy on your soul. "Live
every day of your life as though you expect to live forever."