Thursday, July 19, 2007
Hindsight is not always 20/20
We've all heard the phrase, "hindsight is 20/20". We usually use this phrase as a means of eliminating regret after the fact when we know we could have done something different... as in, "there's no point in looking back now because you couldn't have known how things would've turned out".
Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't. The fact is, even after the fact, we often lack all the facts or outcomes associated with certain decisions. This is because of all the variables in any given situation, one constant remains: US. That is, there often may be a lesson involved after we make a mistake (there almost always is), however we still have our own bias', agendas, and perspectives to contend with... that, and our pride and emotional state.
Sometimes we make the same mistakes over and over (pretty much the definition of stupidity) because we are unwilling to consider other realities than we know. We won't consider other opinions, or other possibilities. If this is the case, even if foresight was 20/20, we'd still make a lot of mistakes.
That being said, it is important to reiterate that hindsight is definately not 20/20; especially not all the time. This can be a positive though. If we embrace just how few certainties there are in life, than we become less sure of our selves. This allows us to trust others, take advice, and learn humility. If we can do that, even when we make mistakes, we will see an opportunity for lessons and growth.
When this happens, instead of looking in the rear view mirror of our lives to debate what should have been done, we look back to the lessons, and then we have a clearer vision when we turn our gaze to the road ahead. And this is the real kicker, because life would be pretty damn boring if we knew what the road ahead looked like.