Young At Heart

Blog 2177 – 10.02.2021

Young At Heart

“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you are young at heart.” Though I believe it is true that’s no wise person would ever wish to be young again, I still believe that the secret to a long and happy life is maintaining an attitude of gratitude, optimism, and expectation, in other words staying young at heart.

It is just too easy to be taken in by our old and only true enemy ego’s lies. Dare I name them:

“Always expect the worst.”

“You were born to lose.”

“You just can’t get a break.”

Like Jimmy Durante, and not in a good way, he/she’s got a million of them. All lies, all the time. Remember that child who saw each new sunrise as having the potential for adventure and was always on the look out to be surprised by joy? That child still lives inside you, do not disappoint her/him. Open up your heart and mind to the possibilities. Your dreams can still come true, the brightest and best ones too.

Even ole Paul who was sadly not always the most positive and upbeat of people wrote: “If there is anything good, anything lovely…think on these things.” Jesus, himself once said, “Except you become as a child you cannot see the kingdom of heaven.” What ever did he mean? I think, at least, part of what he meant by that was that only the young at heart would recognize heaven if they saw it.

In one of my all time favorite baseball movie, Field of Dreams, a young farmer is out in his corn field and hears a voice in the corn saying, “If you build it, he will come.” And he sees a vision of a baseball field, lights and all, right in the middle of his corn field. He makes that dream come true and when he does the ghosts of old baseball greats start coming out of the corn and asking if they can play on his field. The first to show up is Shoeless Joe Jackson, his deceased dad’s all-time favorite ball player.

If you have never watched Field of Dreams, I hope you will. Toward the end of the movie a young catcher shows up out of the corn to play. It is the farmer’s dad, a younger version from before he was even born. The catcher lingers after the game to thank the owner of the field for building it and letting them play there. He asks, “Is this heaven?” Kevin Costner, who plays the young farmer, replies, “No it is, Iowa.” Then he asks, his young dad, “Is their a heaven?” His dad says, “Oh, yes, it is where dreams come true.” Kevin’s looks in his dad’s eyes as he introduces his dad to his wife and young daughter and says, “Maybe this is heaven.”

It surely is, Child, for this is where all our dreams come true.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Young At Heart

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