Aug 18 2012

That Somebody Is You

If you think back to when you were a teenager, you might have complained to your parents about being BORED.   Maybe you heard that a lot this summer if you have teenagers.

This might shake them up.  It kind of put a fire under me too.

It’s a judge’s letter of advice from 1959 to teens, published in a school newspaper.

“Always we hear the cry from teenagers, ‘what can we do, where can we go?’ My answer is this:  Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you’re finished, read a book...The world does not owe you a living you owe the world something.  You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness, and lonely again…You are important and you are needed.  It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.  Someday is now and that somebody is you.”

Yes sir!

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8/18/2012 9:20:28 AM
Tami storm United States
Tami storm
Awesome! Every teen should have this taped to their bathroom mirror as a daily reminder.
8/18/2012 9:22:27 AM
Myrna United States
Myrna
a slap in the face.. no more complaining..
8/18/2012 11:45:36 AM
Jenny Biro United States
Jenny Biro
When I lived with my second set of foster parents, I learned what it was like to be truly loved.  My foster parents did not allow any of their "kids" to sit around all summer and do nothing.  If you were under the age of sixteen and could not work, then you must volunteer.  I had my first job at sixteen while my younger "sister" volunteered at a nursing home in which she even received an award for GREAT service.  All parents should instill this in their kids.  I was able to purchase my own first car at the age of eighteen and I learned about a checking/savings account.  I learned financial and community responsibility.  This is what we need in today's generation.
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