The Fire Within

I recently read this counsel given at the Northland College by Principal John Tapene in 1959.  It still applies to us today. It is a state of mind that applies to life and to all that we do, including our approach to weight loss.  I paraphrase it below.

We frequently hear the cry from our teenagers and young adults, “what can we do, where can we go?”

My answer to them and to you 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 city or town doesn’t owe you recreational facilities and your parents don’t owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living.

Fire WithinOn the contrary, you owe the world something.  You owe it your time, talent and energy so that no one will be at war, in sickness and in loneliness as we have been in the past.  In other words, grow up, stop being a crybaby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone and not a wishbone. Motivation is a fire from within.  If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are, it will only burn very briefly.  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.


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