Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mirroring ~ 以人為鏡


以铜为镜,可以正衣冠;
以古为镜,可以知兴替;
以人为镜,可以明得失。
~唐太宗

Mirror our image to adjust our attire;
 
Mirror history to understand the rise and fall of empires;

Mirror others to self appraise.
~ Emperor Tai Zhong, first emperor of the Tang dynasty



1st prize "Mirror Image"# entry of MFGC2010

Most of us use the mirror everyday - when we wake up in the morning, we wash up in front of the mirror; before we get out of home, we check ourselves in the mirror to ensure that we are neat and appropriately dressed.

We all know too well of this mirror that reflects our external self but few know of the other mirror that reflects our inner self. The latter is none other than us - human beings. We can always self-appraise from others' failures and successes.

It is not difficult to see our true self especially in competitions where our pride is at stake. Have we been objective to see our own weakness when we lost? Have we been humble to see more room for improvement when we won? The flying eagle and the well frog see the same sky very differently - the eagle feels small and humble as it soars in the vastness of the sky; the frog feels big and arrogant looking at the "small" sky above the well. 


The 2nd prize "Mirror Image"# entry in MFGC 2010 by
Dr Wee is one that I admire very much.

#The "mirror image" is an interesting category introduced in My Fancy Goldfish Competition (MFGC) since 2008. In this category,  winners will be judged on how close the duo entry resembles each other. Since all goldfish are unique, it is indeed a great challenge! Check out the MFGC2010 updates in the Vermillion Goldfish Club website now!

2 comments:

Judge June 16, 2010 at 3:28 AM  

Congratulations Wee!... I wish I was in Singapore at that time...

Boomz June 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

Love the mirrors, love the quote =)

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