When driving in your car, the rearview mirror lets you see what is coming up behind you. On the road, vehicles in back of you can follow too closely, hit you, or pass you. But if you try driving by looking only in the mirror you won’t get very far before you crash.

The highway of life is different. On this road, the events behind you stay behind you and move farther away with each passing day. Yet there are people who are obsessed with looking backward rather than forward. Although they never would try this stunt while driving, they habitually refuse to look through the front windshield of life.

Bryan Golden, the author of “Dare to Live Without Limits,” can be reached at

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