Go Home, Mow the Lawn!
29 Mar 2013
Excerpt from a HuffingtonPost article: Advice for Teenagers:

Northland College prinicipal 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 no owe you fun."

"The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it to 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 somebody is you!"

I find the advice above totally awesome! :) It reminds me of Karma Yoga. It answers some 'purpose of life' questions. 'Service before Self' is the motto!

The Three Questions

A story related to the judge's guidelines is The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy, which has been shortened for childrens book by Jon Muth. The three questions are: "What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?" The short story is available in TextYouTube Video and On stage performance.

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