Sunday, January 23, 2011

Food for thought

I came across this wonderful quote by Mae West. I thought I should share it with everyone. It captures the spirit of not shortchanging yourself and living a life to the highest potential. What is considered 'right' is different for everyone, but I think the best way to find out if something is 'right' is to consider whether you'll regret how you live your life and the decisions that you've made. If you find that you are regretting less and less, you're probably going towards the right path.

Interestingly, if I replace the word 'right' by 'wrongly', it'll stick make perfect sense, though the meaning is changed entirely. "You only live once, if you do it wrongly, once is enough". That line has a quality more akin to a warning, rather than the original one which is more encouraging and uplifting.

I was reading up on typography recently and I wanted to try out some ideas on some arrangements of words, so I designed up this picture and selected the colours and all. Something doesn't feel quite right with it, but I'm not sure why too. Oh well, hopefully when I did more of such work, I'll be able to say what's wrong with it. I do like the colours though :)

Regarding the quotes, that's food for thought for Sunday :)


Createwealth8888 said...

Only live once may not be strong enough emotions for some as some people will think that there are many tomorrows.

We may need much stronger feeling.

What if the day the doctor brings bad news and we about to die. What are our strongest regrets?

AK71 said...

Two of my favourite colors: Green and Yellow! I need to get updated on graphics and IT stuff... maybe later. I am so lazy. ;p

Am I living my life right? I question from time to time. Less these days.

I concluded that I must do something wrong from time to time or even daily. However, what I don't know won't hurt me. If it hurts me, I would know and it must be serious enough a wrong to hurt me. If it is serious enough, make corrections.

More reactive than proactive? Perhaps but I no longer chase after perfection, or I try not to. Too stressful and that is not right to me. ;p

Anonymous said...

Ignorant is bliss seems to go with happy go lucky.
Sometimes it is not true.
Example, if you don't know the time of the train crossing, it may be fatal for you; if you are also crossing at the same time.

Yes some people live like there is no tomorrow.
Some live like everyday is a new day.
Some live like they are zombies.
Some don't even know what they are living for.

I believe in trying to live daily with a clear conscience is enough for me to leave this world without much regret.(I doubt we will leave this world without regret. We will never be perfect.)
And if you have any regret now, try to get it solved before it's too late if you can.
Regrets, I have a few.
I think some of them I have no chance to solved.
Well, then again maybe I will be given a second chance.
Now who says he has no regrets in life put up his hand now.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
My big-fat toes are laughing now.

la papillion said...

Hi bro8888,

Quite morbid way to live...but I guess it'll work too, haha

Hi AK,

The quote is lifted from the packaging from THAT moisturizer that you like, haha :) Jade bought it and I saw the quote, which I think is very nice. In fact, there are many quotes everywhere in the packaging too, haha

Hi temperament,

Thanks for sharing your views :) I also agree that we should try to live without regrets. The key word is try, haha :)

AK71 said...

Hi LP,

Really? Jade likes it so much, she went and bought more stuff from them? Hehehe.. I am happy to hear that. Never paid much attention to the quotes though? Only noticed the price quotation. Hahaha... ;-p

PanzerGrenadier said...


Living life without regrets is ideal. But having regrets is part and parcel of the human condition for myself that makes me who I am :-)

Be well and prosper.

la papillion said...

Hi PG,

Ya, haha, since we can't live a live without regrets, might as well live a live filled with regrets without regrets :)