Facing My Impermanence

This morning, a quote struck me: “The more we accept our impermanence, the more we can embrace our remaining life.” It’s true. We often see reminders of impermanence everywhere – in the aches and pains discussed by retired athletes, the health concerns shared by seniors, even my own morning routine of reading obituaries alongside the comics and sports scores.

This realization hit me hard. I’ve been in denial about my own mortality. But a simple shake-up isn’t the answer.

Just like I tell my kids and grandkids, dwelling on the future robs us of the present. Death is a part of life’s journey, but it shouldn’t dictate our present moments.

Our focus should be on maximizing, not counting, our remaining days. Let’s live fully, appreciating each experience, and embrace the precious time we have.

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.

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