Dear Ann Landers

Dear Ann Landers: I found this in my father’s desk drawer. He passed away recently (at the age of 70), and Mom gave me his desk for my birthday. I have no idea who wrote these “resolutions,” but they are full of good sense. I’ll be watching the Detroit Free Press to see if you agree. -R.G.L.

Dear R.G.L.: I do, indeed. Here they are. Thanks for sharing.

No one ever gets out of this world alive.
Resolve therefore to maintain a sense of values.
Take care of yourself.
Good health is everyone’s major source of wealth.
Without it, happiness is virtually impossible.
Resolve to be cheerful and helpful.
People will repay in kind.
Avoid zealots. They are generally humorless.
Resolve to listen more and talk less.
No one ever learns anything by talking.
Be chary of giving advice.
Wise men don’t need it, and fools won’t heed it.
Resolve to be tender with the young,
Compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,
and tolerant of the weak and the wrong.

Sometimes in life you will have been all of these.
Do not equate money with success.
The world abounds with big moneymakers who
are miserable failures as human beings.
What counts most about success is how a person achieves it.