Milestones date way, way back – think Ancient Rome, think Byzantine Empire. These roadside, numbered stone markers were an invaluable resource for travellers to mark their progress. It’s easy to see how the definition has expanded to include significant events or points along the way toward any goal.
This spring has been full of milestones for our family. Education: daughter #1 completed graduate school. Daugther #2 completed her undergrad freshman year. Birthdays: mine, daughter #1, husband. Anniversaries: 1 year in our new home, 28 years of marriage.
As we marked each of these occasions, I was struck by how the simple word “milestone” encompasses so much. It includes a look back at the journey to date, with all of the achievements and challenges that occurred along the way. It also holds a promise for the future of what’s to come. But while reaching a milestone is by definition impermanent, it’s still important to pause and try to capture it as the special moment in time it is. I can appreciate why this old saying has endured:
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”