Friday, February 15, 2008

Age Is Not Measured In Years ...

A few of you asked for the quote which we used in yoga class last week. It came from Swami Bua who offered this wisdom when he was 110 years old. I last read of him in The New Yorker a few years ago. He was living in New York and was, at the time, 117 years old and still teaching yoga classes.

As I searched further, I discovered that the last line of this quotation has been attributed to many people over the years, most notably Douglas MacArthur.

So, with thanks to Swami Bua and General MacArthur, here is their wisdom for you:

"Youth is not a time of life -- it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips, and supple knees. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions. It is freshness of the deep springs of life. 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."

Namasté

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