I'm grateful for the insightful comments posted by readers about the issue of looking forward rather than looking backward when life presents challenges. To paraphrase a famous quote, those who don't remember the past are destined to repeat it.
Another way to think about it is to picture yourself driving an automobile. You obviously need to keep your eyes on the road in front of you, but you also need to check the rearview mirror to know what's going on behind you. You can't afford to ignore either.
There's merit in being aware of your past — not dwelling on it but learning from it. The past holds the building blocks of a better future.
As always, thanks to everyone who has posted comments and offered input and guidance on these challenging issues.
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