Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka-Shing, is suspected of being seriously ill and wrote the “Sunset Ballad” on his bed! He regrets that many things are realized too late.
He is 92 years old
Had been the richest man for many years
He was a workaholic, famous entrepreneur
Only announced his retirement in 2018
After retirement, he began to enjoy life
Now that he has free time, he wrote this “Sunset Ballard” to share with all retirees!
We are born with nothing, no more and no less and finally to return to nothing. Be as natural, normal and at ease as possible.
2、晚年莫想富有余，来者糊涂走者迷。生前死后啥属你？应该醒悟莫骗己。Do not aspire to acquire surplus wealth at sunset years. Those who have such intentions are rather confused or crazy. Just consider what belongs to you before and after death. One has to wake up and stop fooling ourselves.
Be contented. Have fun and enjoy the sunset years. Do not be exalted if you’re rich neither too worried if poor. Take it along as naturally and savor the freedom.
Don’t forcibly demand, neither compete. Life is like a dream or a fleeting cloud or smoke. Look at the vast and empty sky and land, we are just a tiny speck drifting within.
The sun is empty so is the moon. River water forever flows eastward ( in China). Farm and house to are empty, continually changing owners.
Love becomes naught, relationship too disappeared. Finally, all will go into the crematorium. Even gold and silver, one does not grasp to take along after death.
Reputation, honors, and profits disappeared into sweet dreams once the eyes shut down for good. Whatever gains or losses dissipated, life is like a drama
No more minister status, no more the power that came with it. No one can remain in the ministry for life. Rich or poor, the final is void. That is nothingness when the curtain of life drops, be aware of that.
The four seasons will rotate, so will the high and low tides. Every family has certain difficult mantra to recite. Do not burden unnecessarily with worries.
Raising and educating children is a responsibility and a duty. It is a blessing to be able to help. Children and grandchildren shall build their own future, do not be duty-bound by them. It is far more a blessing to take good care of our own wellbeing during the sunset years.
Man hustle and bustle about earning a living like bees collecting honey. Just wonder the honey is made for whom, ever thought the life-long hard work will end up in naught. Be more liberal and accommodative, think rationally to avoid disputes.
From a distance hospitals are like heaven, curing so many patients. Viewing from close range hospitals is like banks raking in a lot of cash. Getting inside the hospital is like getting into prison. It is far better to take preventive measure well in advance
Health is an invisible asset, health enhancement is bank saving, contracting disease is a bank loan and re-payment, serious illness can cause bankruptcy. These are earnest facts of life and to be regarded seriously. Do not let this happen, it will be too late to regret.
It is better to stand alone to enhance immunity rather than to lie down and be cheated. Love the family must start with loving own self. Loving own self is therefore a farsighted shot.
A life span is too short. Do not get bogged down with money worries. Tons of cash wouldn’t buy a sun which doesn’t set. Loads of silver and gold can’t exchange for health. Life and death are fated and wealth too. If it has been fated (in our Ming 命) that we will be wealthy, it will be. But if it’s fated otherwise, it is pointless to crave for it. A point worth reiterating is that the children and grandchildren will and should carve out the path for their future, there is no need to slog like buffalo and horse for them. A life span is really too short, it is advisable to take life plainly and light-heartedly. Fame and gain are just like drifting cloud, extravagance and luxury are momentary exuberance, in rapid glimpses of fleeting time, the hair will turn grey to white, churning all past events into smoke and cloud, what for let them linger in the heart, to pester and bugger us deeper into the bull’s horn.
Here are ten reminders for
a cheerful and meaningful life:-
Be open-minded, accommodative, generous, close (issue), retreat, forgive and forget, listen, and understanding, let go, accept in good faith, conscience.