November 02, 2005
What is done cannot be undone
Bought a box of persimmons at Fairprice for $5.80 and the next day Fairprice had it on offer at $4.80. This type of thing happened before and each time I used to scold myself for buying the thing too early. But then who knows. So, I find this proverb ‘What is done cannot be undone’ very appropriate and consoling.
Earlier in the year someone I know bought a return air-ticket to Hong Kong from a budget Airline at the normal price. Then soon after, the airline had a promotional offer to Hong Kong – the price was several tens of dollars less and it covered the travel period of this person. He was sore at the Airline.
‘What is done cannot be undone’. There is no point brooding over it; otherwise you make yourself unhappy.
Similarly, if you had said or done something that offended your friend, see what you can do to repair the damage rather than brood over it.
This proverb also reminds us to think before we act.