Satchel Paige said, "Don't look back. Whoever is behind you may be catching up with you."--another reason for not looking back.
When you love a person who has Alzheimer's disease, it is difficult not to look back fondly remembering the times you once shared and regretting the present loss of companionship. Each diminishes the present and I try not to remain there too long.
Last evening I sat by the water reading my book and watching the sun set; it was warm, pleasant and lovely. After the sun was no longer visible on the horizon, the sky began to darken and my thoughts turned toward dinner as I meandered my way back home--which was north.
As I walked I noticed folks with cameras outstretched facing behind me. Curious, I turned, looked back and beheld a sky colored with huge swirls of pink and purple. Sometimes it pays not to be so intent on the next event, idea, thought and purpose and to take the time to look back. The beauty you may behold is worth the delay.