Col. Brown at 27

Written by Col. James Good Brown on June 7, 2007

The Mottos are at the bottom of page

"Here I am, Dr. J. Good Brown, in Haverhill, New Hampshire at 106 years of age writing a biography. It is an impossible dream and yet, not an impossible dream. It is a reality. It happened. I achieved it. I am here, Dr. J. Good Brown; Colonel J. Good Brown; Rev. J. Good Brown at the age of 106.

It did not just happen by chance. I planned it. I lived for it. I worked hard for it. I set my goals for life when I was a little boy. At the age of five years, I was writing my goals for life. I wrote mottos for life, and “rules for living”. And I worked hard to achieve them. I tried diligently not to break these rules. I added to them as the years went by.

It was my father and my mother who began to teach me many rules. They were already teaching me as a little child, to behave properly. This, perhaps, is what every parent does, - teaching a little baby at birth how to act, or how to behave. This, of a certainty, is what my parents did. I know because my father and mother taught me from the day of my birth, to be a good minister. They taught me growing up in the way of the Lord. Therefore, at the age of two and three years they were concerned about my conduct, and were telling me what to do and what not to do. Thus it was inevitable that at the age of three and four, my parents were teaching me to read and write. Thus, as a little boy, I had many rules in my little book in which I wrote "Rules for Living".

I still have a little green book, as I call it. The outside of the book, and is colored green. It is my personal book, and contains hundreds of maxims written in pen and ink.

It also contains hundreds of “Rules for living” and Mottos, which have been sacred to me and which I did not reveal them until I was 100 years of age.

The story is told that George Washington’s father had a beautiful estate in Mount Vernon and on that estate were delicious fruit trees. One of those valued trees was cut down. When his father stated that one of the trees was cut down, George said to his father: “Father, I cut down the cherry tree”. This story stayed with George Washington all his life. It exemplified the fact that he was honest.

Now that I am 106 years, how well I remember our parents telling us the Cherry tree story of George Washington, and how well they taught us to read The Maxims which George Washington wrote in his English books.

These were the absolutes by which George Washington lived. They must not be broken. They must given the highest importance in life.

And they are as valid today as they were the day Washington taught them. Truth is eternal.

I was trying eagerly to be a good minister, and not disappoint my father, and be a disgrace to him. I wanted to be the best son possible. In fact, I was already helping him in his church work. Even as a teenager I was preaching for him, as a High School boy.

As I was growing up the incentive for following God’s faith, rather than being a way word son. In short, why did I stay with the church, rather than be against it.

One of the reasons is that the story was told about the Cherry tree and George Washington. It became a myth and then moved into reality. When George Washington became aware about the fact that the cherry tree was cut down, he went to his father and said: “Father, forgive me it is I who cut down the cherry tree”.

The story prevails, and has been told through the following centuries.

The story of the “cherry tree” has prevailed because of it’s truth,- The fact thatit defines the life of George Washington’s character.

This is one of the Maxims: "Always tell the truth”.


20. Never swear or curse."

My book will be published soon and will contain an additional 114 rules for living 106 years.

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