Candles On A Cake
By Joe Mazella • September 25, 2012
I have a birthday coming up soon, but I decided not to put any candles on my cake this year. I thought that 46 of them might ruin the icing or set off the smoke alarm. The funny thing, though, is that when I looked in the mirror this morning I didn't see a middle-aged man looking back at me. Sure there was gray in the hair and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. The skin wasn't as smooth and the hair wasn't as thick either, except in the ears. Yet, when I saw his smile and the twinkle in his eyes I felt as vital and alive as I ever had. I saw the young, loving spirit living inside this aging body and knew that is who I really am.
I remembered too one of the quotes on a beautiful plaque that my daughter gave me as an early birthday present. It was by Edward Bulwer Lytton and it said: "It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
It is such an amazing thing that we can grow younger on the inside while we grow older on the outside. Some of the most loving, joyous, and vital people I know live inside ancient bodies that have seen far better days. These people live from the soul. They love from the heart. They have an enthusiasm for life that is contagious. They smile often, laugh a lot, and take life one day at a time. On the inside they are far younger than I could ever hope to be. They remind me that old bodies don't always make for old hearts.
I hope then that when your own birthday comes around that your heart will feel as young as ever. I hope that you will remember that you are not numbers on a calendar or candles on a cake. You are instead a being of light and a Child of God. You are an eternal, loving soul. You are a forever young spirit. Your body may age, weaken, and eventually die, but you never will. May you live all of your days with love, laughter, light, and joy.
Owner Grooms Dog To Look Like Skeleton For Halloween
4 Tiny Chinchillas Named 'The Chinfluencers' Are Recreating Music Videos
Police Capture Heartwarming Photos Of Two Bears Embracing
Costco Founder Told The Current CEO He'd Kill Him If He Raises The Price Of Hot Dogs
The Moment Dad Realized His Son Is Probably Not Gonna Be A Soccer Star
'We Can Learn From Each Other': Teacher Shares Touching Conversation With School Custodian
This Guy Figured Out How To Make Siri Laugh And It's Hilarious
Kid's Hilarious Answer To A Math Problem Goes Viral
Baby Does 'Happy Dance' When She Sees Mom Coming To Pick Her Up
Watch This Giant Fat Bear 'Cowboy Walk' Over For A Back Scratch
This Guy Literally Can't Handle How Cute The Dog Is