I'm not sure I've ever been in a rut. Even during the least productive times of life, I always strive toward something.
The one time I remember keeping my eyes fixed on the rear view mirror didn't turn out well; I remember coming around a large curve on a down hill slope. Hearing an ambulance coming up behind me, I became transfixed looking back for more than a second. When I did look ahead, the light was red, I was barreling toward the tail end of stopped cars at a high rate of speed. Luckily, I thought, the right turn lane was open. I turned my wheel right, the car went left, up on two wheels. Seeing only blue sky through a donut, out of my control. The car slammed down smack in the middle of the intersection in front of the oncoming ambulance I was trying to avoid in the first place.
Well, I got through that incident without repercussions, but, it has stayed with me. Looking backward can and does leave us out of control of our present. If we do not keep our eyes ahead, we are liable to crash into all sorts of problems.
To stay in the same frame of mind for you whole life, is sad. I can remember a time I thought I would always believe the way I did. I was dogmatic and firm about it.
Today, I know a God who defies all barriers I ever put him in. He is larger than I can even fathom, and lucky for me. I am a hard case and I need someone larger than infinity to help me everyday.
As I remain open to learning more and more about everything, the more I know I don't know much of anything. Proverbs 4:7 "The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight." Ask and it shall be given.
If I had stopped seeking the whole truth, I don't know what my life would look like. Today, I am growing rich in insight and knowledge. My life is good and hopeful and happy. Fantasizing the freedom to continue seeking knowledge beyond my imagination.