Stop your Whining.

This is from a newspaper in 1959 and so awesome i just had to share it with you… I wish someone had told this to me when i was a spoiled whining brat! (not that i would have listened, eh Mum?)



Northland College principle 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 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’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 sickness 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!”




2 thoughts on “Stop your Whining.

  1. Excellent. Though I experienced severe abuse and neglect living w/ the family that took me in after my parents died, some the greatest gifts they gave me was the habit of doing things for myself, for others, and doing a job well. I began working at the age of 12/13 and can’t imagine not working. And it’s joy, not punishment. Would that I could pass such attitudes on to more of the youth I encounter.

    Drusilla (

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