Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017-19 - A Good Citizen?

Jim Langstaff was a Canadian doctor who practised in the early 20th century. He was known for his extraordinary commitment to the welfare of his patients.

For example, upon learning that a woman who lived on an isolated farm was about to have a baby and needed medical help immediately, Dr Langstaff set off. It was a bitterly cold winter's day and the roads had become unusable. Undeterred, Dr Langstaff strapped on his skis and continued. Snowdrifts on the road made skiing difficult, so he took to the fields beside the road. At one point he tripped over a fence and became badly tangled in the wire. He freed himself, and continued on to the farm house, delivered the baby and, once the weather had cleared, returned to his car.

People who knew Dr Langstaff say that dedication of that sort was typical of the good doctor.

It came from a sense of place in the world instilled into him by his father. One day Dr Langstaff's son Walter came to his father and said "Dad, I got 99% in mathematics on my report card." His father responded, "That's great, but are you being a good citizen."

Decades later the words still challenged Jim. "I have remembered that remark for the last 45 years", he said. "Was I being a good citizen?"

~ Author Unknown

Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.

~ Roger Staubach

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