"A Half-Hourly Chime"
Received via e-mail from a reader:
I have a digital watch. It has many features, most of which I do not use. For example, it has 3 alarms. Occasionally, I will set one of these alarms to remind me of an important meeting or event. It also has an hourly chime. This feature, when set, causes a beep be sounded every hour. For example, beep . . . 2PM . . . beep . . . 3PM . . . beep . . . 4PM, etc.
I have sometimes wondered just what the feature was for. In the past, the few times I have activated it only served to increase my anxiety . . . beep . . . 2PM . . . "I have not gotten enough work done today" . . . beep . . . 3PM . . . "Come on, the day is almost over and you have so much more work to do" . . . beep . . . 4PM . . . "You might as well close the book - how much more can you do as the day is almost over", etc.
But, after reading "Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh", I have learned why Hashem created the hourly chime on my digital watch. It is simply to serve as a reminder that . . . beep . . . 2PM . . . "Hashem is the Creator and He created me and all that I see" . . . beep . . . 3PM . . . "Hashem is the Creator and He created me and all that I see" . . . beep . . . 3PM . . . "Hashem is the Creator and He created me and all that I see", etc. Go to Target or your favorite store and buy a digital watch and try it for a week - you will feel the difference it makes in your day and in your life . . . beep . . . I pray to Hashem that it is not long before I will need a half-hourly chime . . . Stay strong!