A Spam Filter For Our Life

As I prepare for the New Year I am doing my utmost to unsubscribe and remove all the junk email, spam, and trash in my websites’ inboxes as well as my personal inbox. (Having a public email to take book and speaking inquiries has its downside.)

Anyway, it is a frustrating undertaking, because junk, spam, and trash in one’s inbox are like coat hanger’s in my closet — they multiple overnight. It is pretty mindless activity, and while I was undertaking this impossible task I wondered wouldn’t it be nice to have a spam filter for my life. To have some sort of filter that blocks out all the junk, spam, and trash that hits my brain everyday, most of it self generated.

What if I had something that would have blocked out all the rationalizations I fed myself for bad behavior or self-destructive conduct? What if I all the promises I made to myself had to pass through some kind of filter for truthfulness? How much better my life would have been?

Then I thought, “What if’s don’t do me much good. Neither do the would’ves and could’ves, but I still could use that filter because of the constant barrage of spam, trash, and junk that permeates our modern culture.”

I was enjoying the possibilities when it hit me that such a filter does exist, it is my heart. Very seldom does spam, junk, and trash get through the filter I call my heart. Maybe, that’s why people compose songs that say trust your heart. Lot’s of junk get’s to our brain, but very little makes it through our heart.

Maybe, just maybe I’ve had a spam filter all along?


Editors Note: This is the last posting before 2018. I hope all my readers have a wonderful new year, and we will see you on the flip side!


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. And maybe the existence of those things in our lives, help us become better decision makers.

    1. Very good point, Mary. All the best to Carl and you and a very Happy New Year! Webb.

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