Things Related and (Maybe) Not

by Tom Swift

My car battery is dying.

My electric tooth brush is dying.

Both still can still take a charge but neither can hold it very long.

Come to think of it, this weekend I had to replace the battery in my kitchen clock.

I have noticed of late, too, that my phone battery drains noticeably faster than it used to.

What to do with the unrelated yet what-are-the-odds similarity of these events?

Batteries are power. Batteries give “life.” Or at least batteries give function.

Is my “battery” my brain? My heart? I suppose one could make the case for either since both are needed. Yet we do call the heart a ticker …

In all seriousness, I don’t like comparing the most complex system in the known universe, the human body, with objects manufactured in a factory somewhere in China. But you do have to wonder.

Is the world trying to tell me something?

In moments of unknown, one naturally turns to the great minds.

Synchronicity, Carl Jung said, is all around for those who have the eyes to see it.

Possibly the whole thing is about to shut down.

Or maybe I should, in fact, slow down.

After probing my soul, I must consider another possible truth: that is, I have to wonder, I must say, that there is also the very real possibility that what this set of events is telling me, if am willing to face it, head-on, if I am able to take a good long look in the mirror, is that it is time for me — that’s right — to invest in some new batteries.

Rava: Yes. That’s all. A coincidence.

Elaine Benes: A big coincidence.

Rava: Not a big coincidence. A coincidence.

Elaine: No. That’s a big coincidence.

Rava: That’s what a coincidence is. There are no small coincidences and big coincidences.

Elaine: No. There are degrees of coincidence.

Rava: No. There are only coincidences. Ask anybody.

Seinfeld, The Statue” (1991)