While we all look back at certain events its important to remember we're not detectives.
You don't know anything about the rest of your life.
Earlier this week I told a client, "while you're focused on reflecting and looking back at your life.. who's holding the fort down for the present?". Plain logic will tell you, if you figure out the problem you might be able to eliminate or mitigate the issue in the future. But that thought is pretty relative.
Some problems we honestly just need to let go and move on. We can consume so much work and energy in attempting to figure out how adversity will present itself. Why prepare for a problem when you can implement a solution? Remember that life itself is a teacher and you may not always have control on how the lessons present themselves.
You can attempt to set yourself up for what you perceive your future to be but nothing's promised. It's never good to get comfortable with anything.
Beyond belief beyond repair
Take Hurricane Harvey for example...
There were surrounding neighborhoods that survived the hurricane. But due to the levels of our local reservoirs and to avoid uncontrollable breach the city made a decision to implement a series of "controlled" water releases of the reservoirs, causing nearby homes to become inundated with water, for weeks. Basically self flooding nearby neighborhoods and streets to avoid an even bigger nightmare. This was only just two lights away from where I live.
Many prepared for the hurricane but never imagined the horrific notion of their homes taking in water to unprecedented levels due to a decision caused by the city.
I say that to say this..
So while you may see benefits in looking in the past and future, I've learned that you should never take for granted where you are right now. Be careful looking at the accident on the other side of the street because you could very well be the cause of the next collision.