If we are going to have the youth of body and of mind which is rightfully ours, we must always be looking for new goals to achieve, new ideas which sharpen our enthusiasm. We must keep our interest in life so active that there will be an element of wonder and surprise in simple everyday things.
Life is activity, and when we stop being active, either mentally or physically, we turn away from the newness of Life itself. People who grow old in years without an inward expectation and assurance that they are going to live forever, somewhere, will find the last part of their lives overburdened with the thoughts of yesterday. Let’s make up our minds that yesterday is gone forever. Tomorrow has not arrived. But today can be filled with wonder if we know we stand always on the threshold of that which is wonderful and new.
I have never met anyone who maintained this exuberant attitude in the last part of their life unless they had faith. And I am talking about the kind of faith we all understand the meaning of—faith in something bigger than we are, in a Power greater than we are, and a complete assurance that we are going to live forever, somewhere.
Excerpted from A Holmes Reader on Practical Wisdom by Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind Publishing.