A friend shared this quote (not sure where it originated) with me and said it made a huge impact on her. Me too. It is extremely profound, and gets more so as you look at different scenarios in your life.
For example, if something starts off dramatic, drama will always follow. If something starts off slow and steady, you can expect that to continue. The relationship or situation from the beginning will most always be how it begins. And that is the important message. Pay close attention to a situation, business partner, friendship, contractual agreement, or any other relationship. Listen to your gut, look at the situation from an outsider point of view, and you will have a window into the future.