As Confucius saw it, we stand in a fast-flowing stream, with our backs to the past. We look into the future as we also are feeling the present and seeing the things closest to us. At least, it seems that's how he thought it should be in a healthy state.
The strong current comes from the past, and it is continually pressing in on us so that the present and the future is interpreted according to how we are currently perceiving the past. Our perceptions change as each new wave hits us, bringing with it the opportunity to see the present and future in a different way as we evolve.
The important thing is to stay standing. We cannot allow the past to wash us away or make us topple over. For it's definitely hard to see downstream at all if we allow the past to be our primary focus.
"Forgetting what is behind, I press on....." or look forward, counting my blessings for what I still possess and for my potential in the days ahead.