November 9, 2008

WHAT IS YOUTH?

Posted in Messages, Philosophy, Poetry, Youth tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:53 am by randallbutisingh

WHAT IS YOUTH?

YOUTH Is not a time of life, it is a state of mind.  It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips, supple knees; it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigour ot the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.  Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite of adventure over the love of ease.  This often exists in a man of fifty more that a boy of twenty.  Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years, people only grow old by deserting their ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Worry, doubt, self distrust, fear and despair, these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.  Whether seventy or seventeen, there is in every being’s heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement of the stars and starlght things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what is next, and the joy and game of life.

You are as young as your faith, and old as your doubts, as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fears; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

In the central place of your heart there is a sensitive station.  So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, grandeur, courage and power from the earth, from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

Author Unknown

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COMMENTS;

These thoughts were taken from POEMS THAT TOUCH THE HEART, a collection of inspirational poems by A. L. Alexander, popular American radio broadcaster and posted by Randall Butisingh, 96 year young blogger.  His advice is, it is never too late to learn, and he who ceases to learn, ceases to live.  Those of you who read his Bio must have learnt… that he learnt to read the Arabic script after eighty, in order to read the Qur’an in the original, that he learnt to play the recorder at eighty nine, is at present learning Spanish.  He is now typing  reminiscences of events that occurred in his life since 1914, and if he is not called to higher service within a year, he intends to write another book.

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