THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by Joe Bonura, CSP
Recently, I celebrated my birthday, and what a great time to reflect
on the past and to look to the future. We were in St. Augustine,
Florida, the oldest city in America - nothing to do with why we
were celebrating my birthday.
Drink the Water
We visited Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth--a good thing to
do on one's birthday. Our 30-year-old tour guide laughingly said
that she has been drinking the water for 99 years, and it has not
seemed to help her. She had a great sense of humor.
Grow Up, Not Old
As we visited the famous site of the fountain of youth, it dawned
on me that we all have a fountain of youth to drink from every day:
our minds. Our mental attitude toward our age determines whether
or not we are growing old or growing up. I would much rather grow
up, than grow old.
Never Grow Old
I have known people who died at 20 and were buried at 85. They
existed, but they never lived. You have an obligation to God, yourself,
and your family to never grow old in your thinking. It is a choice
that you can make every day; you can choose to think thoughts of
defeat and disease, or you can think thoughts of rejuvenation.
Rejuvenate To Be Great
I love the word rejuvenate. It is going to be the theme of my
next year. The dictionary defines it as:
Make young or youthful again;
Give new vigor to;
Restore to an original or new state
Make Young or Youthful Again
I am not talking about a face lift; I am talking about a mind
lift. If you take time to think about it, your mind does not age,
but it is your thinking that ages. I had the privilege of hearing
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power of Positive
Thinking," speak when he was 83 years old. His message to an
audience of over 300 people was as fresh as a 38-year-old's.
Hope and Possibility
There he was rejuvenating an audience composed of people half
his age with a message of hope and possibility. At 83, he understood
that you cannot have change until you see the possibilities and
choose to take action. The last time I heard him speak was when
he was 93 years old before 2,000 members of the National Speakers
Association, and his delivery was still dynamic, challenging, and
Give New Vigor
Vigor will determine your intensity or action and the effect you
will have in making the mental changes required to be on course.
Vigorous effort means that you work up a mental sweat. Force your
mind to move in the right direction. Stop waiting for your mind
to move you. Move first by right thinking, and the rest of you will
follow the lead of your mind.
I love the synonyms for rejuvenate: freshen, recharge, recreate,
refresh, renew, restore, and my favorite, resuscitate. You can resuscitate
your life anytime, and you do not need a resuscitating machine to
do so. You simply change your focus from negative to positive. Your
thoughts will manifest whatever you allow them to focus on. But
do not wait until you are on the floor and need to be resuscitated.
Start now by focusing on your possibilities, no matter how young
or old you are.
Restore To an Original or New State
OK. Now it is up to you. Are you ready to restore your thinking
to an original or new state? I love watching young children. They
are excited about life and all of the things that make life exciting.
Their minds have not yet been tainted by the world around them;
they love life and live it to the fullest. What does a new mind-state
look like? Observe the children. They will give you an idea of how
to live. Indeed, it is time for you to become a juvenile again.
Give it a try, and see what happens.
© 2013 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.