So I was minding my own business setting the timer in the kitchen today, when my darling husband (DH) announced, for no good reason that I can think of, that physicists now say that time does not exist. Time is nothing more than a perception problem or an impression. He then drifted off to his office leaving me to deal with this bombshell. He didn’t name any of these alleged physicists.
All I have to say is, "Really, physicists? Really?"
If that is so, then why am I always ten minutes late? Why do I own all those watches, most of them non-working? How do you explain the deadlines that go whooshing by? What about those clocks on my stove, my television, my phone? You can't escape the time.
The notion of time is an interesting one. In our time-stressed society, we feel the pinch, the sense that we are squeezed for time, short of it and that scarcity can only result in trouble.
How many of you have made any of these comments lately?
“I don’t have time.”
“There’s not enough time!"
“Not sure if I can make time for that.”
Or the more ominous-sounding: “I’m out of time.”
What’s that all about? According to my calculations – which admittedly assume that time exists – we all have the same amount: in a week, seven days and twenty-four hours. That’s a hundred and sixty-eight hours. Quite a bit. And yet, I seem to be behind schedule again. Where do those hours and minutes go? Specifically what happens to the ten minutes that vanish between when I step through the front door and get into the car five feet away?
I realize, it’s not how much time you have, it’s how you use what you have. We all know that. And yet often, I feel I’ve squandered time. We have to use what we have to live well. If you know me well, you’ll realize that’s usually a preamble to an announcement that I plan sit and read a bit even in the afternoon.
I will always make time for reading. After all, we only live once, unless the physicists have news on that front too.
Have a great one hundred and sixty-eight hours this week, my friends, and I hope that includes time for reading. With luck, you’ll find a couple of minutes to share your opinions here!