With a few beeps from the microwave, time passes

by Lorin Michel Saturday, June 27, 2015 8:50 PM

The sound is almost melodically familiar. The contralto beep beep beep indicating that whatever is in the microwave is no longer cooking. Often what’s in there is nothing more than a cup of coffee being either re-heated, or heated a bit more since the coffee makers never seem to make it quite hot enough for me. This morning, as I lay in bed, I heard the telling beeps and knew that a steaming cup of coffee was on its way, to be delivered by my husband.

It got me thinking, interestingly, about time. The obvious statement, of course, is that every time you put something in the microwave, or even just set the timer, you do so by putting a specific amount of time onto the control panel. Hit start and the countdown begins as the time is ticked away.

I wonder if it’s not a metaphor for life and the passage of time.

We all live our lives according to time. Time to get up, time to walk the dog, time to shower, time to go to work, time for dinner, time for bed. In between we have to rush to be on time for a meeting, we wonder how much longer something is going to last; we encounter rush hour, an oxymoron if ever there was one. Time moves forward, never back. We move forward with it.

Each day is a new opportunity to remember that we’re living in this time, right now.

George Harrison once said: “It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.” And Albert Einstein once famously said that “time is an illusion.” Ben Franklin: “You may delay, but time will not.” Dr. Seuss, a personal favorite, said: “How did it get so late so soon?”

I am always amazed. The beep beep beep indicating the passage of time several times a day, the clouds drifting by overhead signifying that all things move forward; the sun rising and steadily moving forward with the day, in fact dictating the day, and the time.

Beep beep beep.

Last night, we were sitting on the deck watching time pass. It’s nice to do every once in a while, to relax and just let it happen, to not continually try to control the seconds, the minutes, the hours. As the sun was falling into the west, the sky to the east was already black with clouds, a storm. And a rainbow. Thunder rolled and lightning flashed as the storm moved. Passing. Going. Time in motion.

Beep beep beep. It’s the melody of time and it is singing that we should use our time wisely, to – hopefully – live it out loud because this time will never be here again. There is only what’s to come, only the next time.

Beep beep beep.

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