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Young At Heart



1953 was the year that Frank Sinatra recorded the song titled, Young at Heart. So popular was this song that the movie he was filming at the time picked up the same title, and Frank’s song became the title track of the movie. The songs popularity carried it to the top of the charts, and it held in popularity well into 1954.

Over a million copies sold.

Running in preparation for the Lincoln Half-Marathon this song popped up on my play list. Immediately I was struck by the lyrics and understood why this song was so popular. What a powerful reminder to stop, seize the moment and check my heart.

“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you

If you’re young at heart.

For it’s hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind

If you’re young at heart.”

I had not thought about being young at heart lately. Why would I? Life is tough and finding joy at the end of the day is often difficult.  As I ran, I contemplated the idea of how to maintain a youthful heart posture.  Actually, I started yearning to be young at heart again.

The million dollar question is, “what does “young at heart” look like?”

“You can go to extremes with impossible schemes.

You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams.

And life gets more exciting with each passing day.

And love is either in your heart, or on it’s way.”

Evaluating my heart posture made me realize that to stay young at heart a person must be intentional about cultivating the young at heart life-style.

“Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth

To be young at heart.

For as rich as you are, it’s much better by far

To be young at heart.”

When pressed, I found that there are four key areas that I must be intentional about in order for me to reach this objective. The more the song played the more desperately I wanted to claim this inner nirvana for myself.

“And if you should survive to 105,

Look at all you’ll derive out of being alive!

And here is the best part, you have a head start

If you are among the very young at heart.”

Here is what my Frank Sinatra epiphany left me with.

An Everyday Champion’s Guide to staying Young at Heart.

1. Maintain eyes of the Artist. We must continuously expand our thinking to include the potential of dreams coming true. If your stuck – think your way out of the rut. Artist are always taking note of their surrounding and seeing the beauty in everything.

2. Cultivate a healthy faith life. If there is any hope that one can, “laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams” – it must be founded in a relationship with God. Having faith in God, yourself and others will help you to supercharge your spirituality by shifting your focus away from your problems and forward on to God’s perfect plans.

3. Chase the right dreams. Wealth is not the right dream. Wealth should be a byproduct of passion in action. Try Figuring out what your purpose in life is – and do that well. If you can do this, then the sky becomes the limit. Nothing can stop a person who is on a mission that is bigger than oneself.

4. Slow down and grow. Personal growth and development is overshadowed these days by entertainment and the act of being busy. I believe that one of the largest dream killers we face today is being too busy. We do things just to be seen. Stop the madness and begin to focus on what can make you a better person. Invest in personal growth. The result will be joy, even at the end of a difficult day.

Running this morning helped me to realize that life is too short to age too fast. To really enjoy life we must understand that, at times, life is hard – yet despite negative circumstances – we can all learn to muster enough moxie to stay Young at Heart.


FYI – Young At Heart lyrics © JUNE’S TUNES LTD. PARTNERSHIP, Universal Music Publishing Group

What discipline or habit keeps you “Young At Heart?”  

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  1. Alan Hahn
    Alan Hahn02-07-2013

    Good stuff.

    When we focus on what the world says should make us happy – we just ain’t.

    Enjoy your mind-clearing runs!

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia02-07-2013

      Thank you Alan mind clearing or blowing depends on the day. You rightly say – we just ain’t. Perfect way to put it.

  2. Kris

    I love chewing on these great thoughts, Mark. Hope we get to run into you in Lincoln. Blessings on your training and the sparkle in your eye.

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia02-03-2013

      Thanks Kris – better catch us at the start because I have the feeling you P90Xers will be light years ahead! Looking forward to it.

  3. Jim Abraham
    Jim Abraham02-01-2013

    I also love the sentiment of the song. One way to stay young at heart is to work outside of your field of expertise, like replacing a motor on a furnace. You did a good job and though I don’t usually recommend that it must give you a sense of satisfaction to have accomplish such a goal.

    I also like to talk to young people. Your three young adults are a treat to visit with.

    Good job Mark

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia02-03-2013

      Jim – Thank you so much for the call and assistance. I started out simply trying to oil the motor before I broke it. Without the help of Roger Boetger and yourself this would have been dead in the water. Anyway it does feel good. (FYI – I replaced the capacitor as well.)

      Thanks also for your Godly influence. My kids cherished your talk and took to heart all your dating advice. Collectively, the family agreed that you left a positive dose of the Holy Spirit behind. Of course, that is what you do. Blessing and thank you JIm.

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