When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. — Abraham Joshua Heschel
It took 10,000 tries for Edison to perfect the light bulb and 1,000 rejections for Sly Stallone to get Hollywood approval for his script of Rocky.
The full consequences of a decision cannot be predicted. What was a good decision at the time can have negative ripples over a life-time. Missed opportunities can lead to other open doors, sometimes sooner, sometimes later.
The moon is always full. It is only our perception that deems it less so at any given time.