I set up the Christmas decorations the other day with my wife and daughter and it was such an enjoyable evening. With traditional Christmas music playing in the background and the smells of a home-cooked meal wafting through the house, my family set out to decorate for the holiday festivities. I watched my daughter’s eyes light up when the tree glowed for the first time and the joy on her face when she placed the ornaments on the branches was unforgettable.
It’s always rewarding to see things through the eyes of a child, for they remind you that youth is a state of mind. It’s something to remember, for although we have no control over the fact that we grow old, we can decide just how we’re going to do it. Below is a quote from General Douglas MacArthur during a dedication speech he gave in 1952. I hope these words inspire you to always stay young even when you’re old.
“Youth is not a time of life- it’s a state of 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. In the central place of your heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage, grandeur and power, so long you are young.”