A clock with a worn-out battery on the wall. For the two days in a row I passed it, it read the same time of 12:40. The thin rail of a second hand struggling to tick upwards. It would register a couple of seconds forward, then fall back down those same two seconds. After a few more attempts, the second hand stops completely. Battery worn down completely.
It was a reminder. Time will go on. If the battery is low, then recharge it. Struggling against it can risk physical or mental injury. I’ve learned this the hard way multiple times over. Maybe I will learn it again. That’s fine. Every experience is an opportunity for learning, an opportunity for improvement.