Richard Teo menjadi milyuner di umur 40 tahun; sehat segar bugar, terkenal, kaya raya, dan mengira dia sudah sukses dalam hidupnya.

Tiba-tiba ketahuan mengidap kanker paru stadium 4. Mendadak dia jadi mengetahui apa makna hidup yang sebenarnya.

Dikutip :

"I was told by the media… and people around me that happiness is about success. And that success is about being wealthy"

"They make heroes out of people who are rich and famous"

"Vanities are fantastic business…I started to expand into Indonesia to get all the rich Indonesian tai-tais "

"within the 1st year, we're already raking in millions"

"suddenly…they found that actually I have stage 4 terminal lung cancer…already spread to the brain, the spine, the liver and the adrenals…even with chemotherapy, that I'll have about 3-4months at most"

"See the irony is that all these things that I have, the success, the trophies, my cars, my house and all. I thought that would brought me happiness.

But i was feeling really down, having severe depression… these.. possessions, they brought me no joy. You know, I can (not) hug my Ferrari to sleep"

"What really brought me joy in the last ten months was interaction with people, my loved ones, friends, people who genuinely care about me, they laugh and cry with me, and they are able to identify the pain and suffering I was going through. That brought joy to me, happiness.

None of the things I have, all the possessions, and I thought those were supposed to bring me happiness."

"I was being trained as a doctor, to be compassionate, to be able to empathise; but I couldn't.

…every day, I witness death in the cancer department. When I see how they suffered, I see all the pain they went through. I see all the morphine they have to press every few minutes just to relieve their pain. I see them struggling with their oxygen breathing their last breath and all.

But it was just a job… I do it, I get out of the ward, I can't wait to get home…. I did not know how they feel"

"And actually there is nothing wrong with being successful, with being rich or wealthy, absolutely nothing wrong.

The only trouble is that a lot of us like myself couldn't handle it "

"A lot of times we forget, whom we are supposed to be serving. We become so lost that we serve nobody else but just ourselves.

We kind of lose our moral compass along the way. Because we just want to make money."

"A lot of these poor people do not have much in the first place, they are easily contented. for all you know they are happier than you and me"

"Don’t let society tell you how to live. Don’t let the media tell you what you're supposed to do.

..you have to decide whether you want to serve yourself, (or) whether you are going to make a difference in somebody else's life. Because true happiness doesn't come from serving yourself "

"Everyone knows that they are going to die; every one of us knows that. The truth is, none of us believe it because if we did, we will do things differently.

When I faced death, when I had to, I stripped myself off all stuff totally and I focused only on what is essential.

The irony is that a lot of times, only when we learn how to die then we learn how to live "

Sumber : 


Dr Richard Teo – Thoughts of Life, Wealth, Success & Happiness (+中文字幕)

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