A beautiful quote from a beautiful book, Vegetable Roots Discourse, #92:
If a singing girl is virtuous later on in accord with her circumstances, her earlier life of rouge and flowers will not matter. The faithful wife with white hair who lets down her guard nullifies half a life of chaste endeavor. The proverb reads, “To judge a life, look just at the last half.”
A true saying indeed.
A reminder to all of us that even after what might be deemed as failure, not all is lost.
On another note, the second half of the first paragraph, about the faithful wife, reminds me about antifragility, and how it would be prudent to build antifrgile systems around what matters most to us.