LifeTimes – Doug staples


Doug staples, 61, is a retired architect from Washington studying wood carving in Nyuh Kuning village in Ubud.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Never trust anybody; trust people whom you know very well.

What’s most important?

A sense of humor. It makes you stronger when going through difficult times your life. When I came to Bali nine years ago, I left my house and everything in the United States to someone I trusted. But when I returned to the US, everything was gone. I was very saddened, but with a sense of humor I got though it and it’s fine now.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Get as much education as possible. Education makes more things possible and makes the world a better place.

Are you worried about dying?

No, because it’s not my time (yet).

When was the happiest time of your life?

In 1998, when I came to stay in Bali and found happiness here.

And the worst?

In 2000, when I went back to America and everything was gone.

What’s humanity all about?

Helping other people. Doing things not for yourself but for others can give you a very good sense of happiness.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of different religions.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, absolutely. People will never agree to the politics and religions of other people.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?

I’m very happy. I have my real family in Bali – my wood carver teacher and his family – and I feel good when I’m with them and sharing their lives.

How old do you feel?

I feel 53 years old.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Yes, I want to travel a lot more and start painting.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes. (BT/AS)

FOTO CREDIT: The Bali Times/Arga Sagitarini

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