The death of this golden football legend called Diego Armando Maradona got me wondering about the essence of life.
Little wonder when billionaire Femi Otedola in a telephone interview, was asked by a radio presenter; “Sir, what can you remember made you a happiest man in life”?
Otedola said; ” I have gone through four stages of happiness in life and finally I understood the true meaning of happiness”
The first stage was accumulate wealth and means. But at this stage, I did not get the happiness I wanted. Then came the second stage of collecting valuables and items. But I realized that the effect of this was also temporary and the lustre of valuable things does not last long.
Then came the third stage of getting big projects, that was when I was holding 95% of diesel supply in Nigeria and Africa . I was also the Largest vessel owner in Africa and Asia, but even then, I did not get the happiness I had imagined.
The forth stage was the time a friend of mine asked me to buy wheel chairs for some disabled children just about 200 kids. At the friends request I immediately bought the wheelchairs, but the friend insisted that I go with him and hand over the chairs to the children. I got ready and went with him.
There I gave the wheel chairs to the children with my own hands. As soon as I did that, I saw the strange glow of happiness on the faces of the children, I saw them all sitting on the wheelchair, moving and having fun as if they had arrived at a picnic spot where they are sharing a jackpot winning.
I felt real joy inside me. When I decided to leave, one of the kids gently grabbed my legs , I tried to free it gently but the child stared at my face and held my legs tightly. I bent down asked the child, ” Do you need something else” ?
The answer this child gave me not only made me happy but also changed my attitude to life completely. This child said, ” I want to remember your face so that when I meet you in heaven, I will be able to recognize you and thank you once again”
What will you be remembered for?
Will anyone desire to see your face again?