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Youth and Romance
by Joe M. Ragland, J.D., LL.M., LL.D., Esquire

Youth and romance are not a time of life,
but a state of mind,
not just finding a husband or a wife,
but a matter of the will,
a quality of a beautiful soul,
a time of brightness and vigor of theemotions,
and of the bounce and freshnessof the deep springs within.

Youth and romance mean courage overtimidity of the appetite,
exploring and adventures overthe love of ease.

Nobody grows old and feeble merely by a number of years,
but with a “poor me” pessimism of regrets,
looking back, choosing notto forget things forgiven,
judging the faults of others,
and of deserting one’s dreams and ideals.

I reach forth in the joyful now and to the good things daily
coming my way as I love God and rejoice in Him.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give upthe enthusiasm of life wrinkles the soul.
Let me smiling declare, “That’s your problem,
angry and unhappy individual, reckless driver,
prejudice-bitter person, not mine!
I refuse tolet you infect me with your negative vibesas
I hardly even notice a suffered wrong.”

In my heart is the love of the wonder of it all,having the unfailing childlike
appetite of enjoyingtoday and laughing at the days to come.

In my heart is a wireless station of receivingand giving messages of love,
cheer, courage, beauty,and the power of the Holy Spirit living in me.

I catch the little foxes of life, having all junk mail securely blocked.

I receive and give out waves of optimism,
being satisfied with my lot in life,
even into my eighties and nineties and thenthroughout eternity with the joy ofmy Lord and Savior giving me strength, youth,
and, yes, romance, and all these abundantly.

Ever since time began, nothing has everbeen found stronger than love!

When my Lord has tried me under “The Law of Love,”
I shall come forth as goldto a place where I’ll be safe!

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