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.

Good luck.

(November 3, 2021)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.