Writer Miroslav Volf explains this more poetically. We experience time, he says, the way we hear a beautiful note from a cello. It may sound like a single pitch, but in reality it is a complete tone, including other voices from the string’s half-length, eighth-length, and so on. “It is similar with the music of our lives,” says Volf. “At any given time we do not year only the simple, solitary tone of the present; rather, in that present resonate many sounds of past actualities and future possibilities. This is how our present acquires depth.” In other words, our present-day lives are constantly echoing those of others.
― Margaret Bendroth, The Spiritual Practice of Remembering