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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Testimony of Dr Richard Teo Keng Siang

Many of you may have already read this or heard about it online or in the papers.. Its about a 40 year old millionaire Doctor/Cosmetic surgeon diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer..

In the testimony, there are several points which really inspires me and really make me ponder for a moment.

From young, I came from a below average family. I was told by the media... and people around me that happiness is about success. And that success is about being wealthy.

Now how many of us think that way as well. To me, in the past, success is about leading a carefree life, end of the day, is about being wealthy. But now, success to me is about living life to the fullest, going the extra mile selflessly. I made mistakes, regret, moved on, learnt, open my eyes and it's another brand new day, and I make sure everyday counts.

And you know one moment I was there, totally thinking that I have everything under control, thinking that I've reached the pinnacle of my life. But the next moment, I have just lost it.

I believe many of us have experience this situation somewhere in life, when one moment you thought you had it all, then suddenly, everything crumbles back to pieces and there is no way you can fix it.

And one of those days, I was there in bed, struggling in the afternoon, asking God, “Why? Why do I have to go through this suffering? Why do I have to endure this hardship, this struggle? Why me?”
Hebrews 12:7-8. It says, “Endure hardship as discipline as God is treating you as His children.”

In my past 20 years of my life, when I'm going through a rough patch, this is what I am thinking as well. Why me, there are millions of people on earth, why me. At that moment you wished it was someone else. And now, come to think of it, this is not something that would strike your mind when strike lottery. Irony much ?

Ending the post off with my favourite paragraph..

The more we have, the more we want. I’ve gone through it, the deeper the hole we dig, the more we get sucked into it, so much so that we worship wealth and lose focus.

Hope we all don't lose our focus in life.

1 comment:

  1. i just heard about this inspirational doctor. " The thought of being crushed to death is real to her, but to me it’s just a snail. If you can’t get out of the pathway of humans then you deserve to be crushed, it’s part of evolution isn’t it? What an irony isn’t it?"...