Clarity comes after the fact

A lesson that I am continually (re)learning is that clarity comes after time has passed. By then the opportunity to undo harm (should it ever have been available) is often long gone. Realizing this either paralyzes you with indecision (I’m often afflicted by this), causes you to be cautious or perhaps encourages throwing caution to the wind. Such are the trials of an observant mind (optimistically speaking).