So! What’s my secret?
Here are a few things a long life has taught me.
- Treat people as you want to be treated
- If you want good friends, be a good friend
- I’ve been poor. I’ve been rich. Rich is better.
- Education is important, it gives you a “head start”
- The guy you didn’t think much of may some day be your boss (or a congressman)
- A smile on your face is better to look up than a frown
- Don’t press your luck, you may not always have it
- Beauty fades, character is forever. (Betty is a prime example)
- The more knowledge you have, the more you can enjoy
- Every journey begins with that first step
- People are the same, we all want the same thing, a “happy life”
- Money has no value if you can’t spend it
- Don’t take your good health for granted – ultimately it will be gone
- The most dependable friends you can have is your family
- People see things differently – your view is not always the best
- Be generous – give people the help you once needed
- The best trait you can have is curiosity (about everything) – it precedes learning
- Self-worth is important – self-praise “stinks” – you are not the best judge of your actions
- Above all, leave footprints your children can see and want to follow
- Like my mother said – Be a good person
- Even a long life is a short one – make the most of it
- The estate you are leaving your heirs you often sacrificed for. Your heirs didn’t. They may squander it. Leave a will that clearly spells out what you want done with your estate. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
(November 3, 2021)