a little before and after


I read, as suggested, Einstein’s Dreams, which is more about  the “possibilities within each of us for imagining time and existence” than about Einstein himself, but I knew going in, that the book was a novel.  I did enjoy the different sketches/time scenarios from the book, my favorite being  11 May 1905, wherein the passage of time brings increasing order. I laughed aloud when I read this,  “In such a world, people with untidy houses lie in their beds and wait for the forces of nature to jostle the dust from their windowsills and straighten the shoes in their closets.” I could use that kind of order in my life.

Reading this book reminded me of a sync that occurred last April, when I went to a Road Scholar program at the Lindenwood Center in Donaldson, Indiana. Having been in conversation with my sister and a nun about proof of the existence of God,  and/or how God works,  I noticed the clock on the wall on the far end of the cafeteria…it was almost 6:00.  For whatever reason, I  asked the nun for her book (unfortunately did not get the title of the book) and opened to a “random page” pointing to the words at the bottom of  the page. I then asked the nun to look at the clock and tell me what time it was. It was almost six o’clock. I took a photo of the words printed on the bottom of the page then got up to take a photo of the clock on the wall. Having done so,  I stopped at a table where someone thought I was someone else.

When I returned to our table, to show my sister the photo of the clock, I could not find the photo and realized, somehow, the clock photos I thought I took was gone. I thought, oh well, new camera…my bad, and also thought, well, Sister Anna knows what I saw. I pointed out both the clock and the page to her; she saw the same thing. Wasn’t that proof enough? My sister said no, I needed a photo of the clock just before six to prove this sync. In all actuality, that doesn’t really prove anything either, does it? Sometimes the “proof” is something you have to take on faith.

What I did still have in the camera were photos I took before and after that special sync.

One photo showed the sign on the sliding door (as we exited the conference center to go to the cafeteria) that warned people to STAND CLEAR.

The other was a photo of a clock on the wall (seen coming back into the center) showing that time which was somewhat after six.

I realize none of this proves anything, but I found the sync most interesting, especially considering I had opened a random book to a random page while sitting with a nun discussing the way God works.

So to bring things back around and tidy up this whole post, what can I say?  Hmmm, well I did have an interesting moment getting the photo of the clock after six to post.  And what does it REALLY have to do with a post titled a little before and after?

Time has its own agenda, it would seem, and it did take me a few minutes to get you the proof.   😉

From Sister Anna’s book: 


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