The perfection of human existence is to die to live. To die to all material connections and designations and to perform our duties in the spirit of being servants of God.
We do not know about the future. The past is dead. However to prepare for our future and learn lessons from the past, we have to be very keenly aware of the present.
Every breath we take, we are one breath closer to death.
The reversals experienced in life are actually the opportunities which could impel us to sincerely, with all humility, take shelter of the Supreme Lord.