How to Escape a Repeating Time Loop
Shannon and Lorna get silly at a mother-daughter reunion. c 2008
My younger daughter, Aislinn, Â asked me an interesting question that changed the course I took in a personal situation.Â “Mommy,” she said, “what if this thing that’s happening is really another chance to do it right?Â What if you’ve already done this once–or a thousand times–and you’re in a time loopÂ and you don’t know it and you have one more chance to get it right?”
She immediately moved on to some other topic but I, the science fiction-fantasy-time travel fan, was left gasping out loud.
I actually have lived this situation before, and it broke my heart when it was done.Â I made certain choices in how I handled the situation, based on my beliefs.Â And I lost.Â It’s been called to my attention recently–only a week ago–that if I had done a few things differently, I would not have been left wanting. But at the time, I did what I thought I needed to in order to spare someone’s feelings.Â I took the brunt of the worry and anxiety myself and …
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