LifeTimes – Doug staples
Doug staples, 61, is a retired architect from Washington studying wood carving in Nyuh Kuning village in Ubud.
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Never trust anybody; trust people whom you know very well.
Whatâ€™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 itâ€™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 itâ€™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.
Whatâ€™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 whatâ€™s happened?
Iâ€™m very happy. I have my real family in Bali – my wood carver teacher and his family â€“ and I feel good when Iâ€™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?
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