American General Douglas MacArthur kept a poem in his office entitled “How to Stay Young.” It was written by Samuel Ullman and its words are timeless. Here is an excerpt:
“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…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 long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Be careful then how you live. (Ephesians 5:15)
Regardless of my age, Lord, make my outlook youthful.