Someday Somebody

Quote of the day:      

Northland College principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth:

“Always we hear the cry from teenagers, “what can we do, where can we go?” . . .  My answer is, “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’ve finished, read a book.

“Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. 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 poverty or sick and lonely again.”

In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. 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.

 I came across this on Facebook and haven’t tried to find out if this really was the principal quoting a judge, but regardless of who said it, I like the message that someday is now and that somebody is you.




2 Responses to Someday Somebody

  1. Richard says:

    HP: Apryl Parata, when she was Head of Ngata Memorial College in Ruatoria in the 90’s made every pupil set personal goals about what they were going to do after leaving the College and questioned vigorously and frequently about their progress.

    Seems, a similar to the approach taken by your headmaster

    April, at the time was the the youngest Head of a secondary school and awarded with an MBE for her approach to education.

    Yet the Left are conjuring up unfit relationships between her and her sister Hekia. Both sisters got to where they are through talent.

    (Kiwi Blog gives a goods perspective)

    I hope your headmaster and Apryl meet – although I suspect they have; both doing great work.

  2. Linda Pizza says:

    I believe that our young people concentrate on themselves far too much – it is what I want and need and no regard for others. I was moved by this quote because it is my job to give youth perspective, to let them know that mom and dad will not take care of them forever and that other people less fortunate than ourselves need support. It is in helping others that we begin to make the world a better place. It is not money that cures the world’s ills – it is service leadership.

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