This is the 57h in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad.
Just before you go to sleep tonight, check this list:
Did you get up on time?
Did you make your bed?
Did you eat a good breakfast?
Did you read something interesting?
Did you learn something?
Were you polite?
Did you help a friend?
Did you do some work around the house?
Did you try to earn some money to help pay for your clothes?
Did you think about your future?
Did you read a newspaper or watch a newscast?
Did you brush your teeth?
Did you tell your parents how much you appreciate them?
Imagine how good you’ll feel about yourself if you can say “yes” to these questions today, and every day.
Who could argue with anything on this list?
The only thing I would change is the title; why restrict these suggestions to kids? I think they are good words to live by for all of us, regardless of age.