Mile Markers

It’s hard to believe half the year is gone. The initial instinct is to assess – is the glass half full or half empty? Sure, there were health hurdles, but there’s also the immense satisfaction of finishing my novel, hitting bookstores next month! While a part of me whispers “I could’ve done more,” the other part recognizes – at this stage in life, simply doing anything is a victory.

But here’s the thing: focusing on the passage of time, on mile markers, can be a trap. Living in the present, savoring the moment, that’s where true fulfillment lies. Perhaps the more meaningful reflection is on impact – who did I touch in these past six months? What new knowledge did I gain? What experiences enriched my life?

More importantly, what will today bring? How can I serve my faith, my community, my loved ones? What actions can make 2024 truly special? Dwelling on the past only holds lessons, not progress. Today is a marker, yes, but it’s also the start of a new chapter, a chance to write a beautiful story in the remaining half of the year.

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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