The surprising way Einstein connects us to wristwatches
The surprising way Einstein connects us to wristwatches
Even if you're more into casual wear than science, this easy comparison to Einstein's Theory of Relativity will add a layer of meaning to wearing a wristwatch that you never considered.
Einstein’s theory of relativity has only three rules, all affecting time but it comes down to this: Our nature is that as humans, we value time and meaningful connections in this world. Watches and time, almost like a law of physics, are essential to our understanding and ability to appreciate what's important to us. Here's how:
The first rule of the Theory of Relativity: Every time you measure an object’s speed, momentum or how it experiences time, it will always be measured in relation to something else.
Again, the first rule of the Theory of Relativity: Every time you measure an object’s speed, momentum or how it experiences time, it will always be measured in relation to something else.
When we wear a wristwatch that marks an event or reminds of someone special, it doesn't matter how we experience time, we make that comparison about time every time we look down. It’s impossible not to make the comparison. Like the law of gravity, it just is the case that people and events are not replaceable.
We are social creatures and we make comparisons as the simplest form of judgments to help us make sense of and assess the world. When we run across something similar to whatever our watch brings to mind, we make comparisons and ask ourselves things like: Is this a good thing? What does it remind us about?
We can take something fast or slow but we will always gauge it by some measure of comparison. And when you connect to a positive feeling and memory of a time that a watch provides both present and past, it can help you make good choices for the future.
The second of Einstein’s relativity rules is that the speed of light is always the same no matter who measures it or how fast that person is going when they’re doing the measuring.
Let's take that in: The second of Einstein’s relativity rules is that the speed of light is always the same no matter who measures it or how fast that person is going when they’re doing the measuring.
In this way, a wristwatch is a steady remember of how much we treasure an event or a person. It doesn’t matter how we think about it, where we are, or what we are doing; it’s a constant. There’s no doubt; it’s an immutable force of nature, a wristwatch when worn out of habit is always there, a steadfast reminder on our wrists of an event, an accomplishment, a place, a person, something we love. No matter how fast we're taking things or whom we're with, we're measuring and making judgments, day and night.
The third rule of Einstein’s theory of relativity says nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.
Lastly, this one is the easiest to absorb: The third rule of Einstein’s theory of relativity says nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.
This third rule speaks to synchronicity. When we wear a wristwatch that makes us happy and reminds us of that feeling of authentic and genuine happiness of accomplishment or love or beauty, we feel it speedily and effortlessly. We are synchronized with that happiness as instantaneously as we register the speed of light. Just as the sun shines, with a simple glance at our wrist, we know that feeling of connection from the bottom of our soul without fail.
Now, all that said for a long time, Einstein knew something was still missing even with these three rules and what he felt was missing is the effect of two bodies that came together.
Turns out he was right about what happened even though he didn’t live long enough to see it proved. It creates massive ripples in space/time that are detectable on Earth and we call it gravitational waves…some still exist from the Big Bang. And that’s us. We can experience feelings that are a ripple effect across years because like gravity the effect is unending. We still feel it and because of the way it affects how we carry ourselves. When we’re feeling confident and happy, with a wristwatch as a reminder, it creates a ripple affect and people near us feel that chemistry and energy as well.
No matter what, it’s our time. When we make time for someone or something and carry that with us via wearable art and expression of a wristwatch, we build time for one another to connect and that is what is important. When we think of someone and create lasting relationships, it’s timelessness that we’re after. When we affect someone in a meaningful way or someone, an event or place affects us deeply when we come together, we really never want those feelings to end.
Wearing or gifting a timepiece like a special wristwatch that holds meaning creates a lasting effect that can be equated to a law of nature. Our nature is that as humans, we value time and meaningful connections in this world.
When we wear a wristwatch we don’t squander the opportunity to remember and value what and who is important to us almost automatically. That can help us perform at our best on a much deeper level than just showing up on time. It brings meaning to every part of our day when we help connect to our why.
Asking why and how are the very reasons Einstein created his masterful and thoughtful contributions to life. He was very aware of the importance of time. And as with many important things we often take for granted, Einstein was right.
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