Time is free, but it is priceless……..

20-11-15 - 1 (248)“Time is free, but it is priceless.    You can’t own it, but you can use it.   You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.    Once you have lost it you can never get it back.”   Harvey Mackay.

Having just celebrated another birthday, I am only too aware of the rapid movement of time and how precious every moment is.

Flowers from an English country garden.   A beautiful moment in time. 27164812_10156033362095396_1542881300197917602_oWhen I sit observing Mother Nature’s bounty, I am reminded that all of life is fragile and temporary.    A flower in full bloom reminds me that beauty is a fleeting and enjoyable event,  however it is the full evolution of a plant that teaches us so much more.

watercolour27164538_10156023231000396_5682597220846199362_oAs Charles Darwin said – ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent – it is the one that is most adaptable to change’

This is possibly one of the many reasons that I am so attracted to the hummingbird.   The Hummingbird goes into a deep torpor during the cold nights – a death like sleep where the little creature lowers its metabolic rate by as much as 95%.      As the warm sun rises, so does the metabolic rate of the hummingbird.    The tiny bird awakens from this state with enough energy reserves to see it through the first feedings of the morning.      The hummingbird’s circadian clock triggers its time of arousal, one or two hours before dawn.

watercolour/gouache16463495_10154868634630396_3944780471682145171_oCircadian rhythms are found in human beings and most living things, responding primarily to light and darkness in the environment.       However in today’s 24/7 techno charged world where time zones are crossed without even a thought and light pollution prevails around major cities,  we humans seem to have lost track of the natural rhythms of life.     Our time clocks are out of alignment .

watercolour20-11-15 - 1 (268)Is it any wonder then, that so many are feeling stress and an inability to slow down and relax?    Is it any wonder that many young children who are glued to screens, often in their bedrooms, never feel at rest?

Potting plants in a Somerset garden20-11-15 - 1 (1101) From Marcus Aurelius – ‘Time is a river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.’

All of which convinces me how important it is to make the very best of every moment we have, because once that moments gone, it will never return.

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79 thoughts on “Time is free, but it is priceless……..

  1. Ben Aqiba

    Hi Janet,

    pictures are wonderful. I like that strong and live colors .I didn’t know that about hummingbird.Nature is really amazing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post

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  2. Tish Farrell

    A timely alert over time, Janet, and not frittering it! This is gorgeous vibrant work. And thank you for that fabulous info about humming birds. Also a belated happy birthday. They do concentrate the mind, don’t they.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Tish Thank you so much for this lovely comment. and yes you are so right, birthdays do concentrate the mind. We are having a little brightness today – and very cold. Hope all is well Janet 🙂

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  3. Katherine

    Yes, where does the time go?Sad days seem long and happy days fly by. If we are more aware from looking at your colours we will get more out of our walks and general percettions and not be lost in useless thiought.:)xxxxKathryn

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  4. ShimonZ

    the words were as beautiful and clear as a bell, ringing in the wind, and the use of water colors was of the school I like the best. So, though I always love your paintings, it was especially good today. I’ve come through a difficult week, and as I approach the sabbath, having forced myself to calm as best I could, it was a great treat to visit with you.

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      1. janetweightreed10 Post author

        Happy Birthday – I jumped the gun a little and wished you a happy birthday on your post today! But you know my heart’s in the right place. Hope all is well for you and yours in this ever crazy world. janet x

  5. Jet Eliot

    Oh what a colorful joy to be here today, with your accomplished watercolors, appreciation for time, and marvelous quotes from these gifted teachers. I’ve recently put up a hummingbird feeder on our urban balcony in this temporary apartment, and quite quickly the hummingbird has already developed a rhythm with his nectar visit. His clock brings him to the feeder at 7am every morning. Fits right in with what you’re saying here. Thank you for sharing your paintings here, Janet, they are such a joy. I tried to pick out my favorite, but each one is a beauty. Happy birthday dear friend.

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  6. snowbird

    Happy birthday, friend of mine! Ahh, yes, time, how fleeting it is, you are right, as always, we must cherish each moment best we can. Such beautiful, vibrant paintings and words, what a great gift you have. Still not receiving email notifications of your posts, came around to check on you and see I’m still missing out. Have unfollowed and refollowed, I hope that sorts the problem.xxx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you….we are both beginning of the year babies. I am not sure what’s happening re your following me…but checked my list and it shows clearly that you are on it….and so any problems let me know. Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend and do keep warm Sending loads of hummingbird hugs. Janet xxxx

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  7. janetweightreed10 Post author

    Good morning and thank you so much for your comment. Hummingbirds are such amazing little creatures….there are so many things about them that are positively extraordinary, and a state of Torpor is definitely one of them. I find that if I don’t have the sort of rest my body needs, I am not good for much…..Hope you are enjoying a creative period and that it’s not too cold. Janet 🙂 x

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  8. ernstblumenstein

    Deine Farben-Kombinationen gefallen mir sehr gut, Du kannst mit den Farben dem Betrachter in eine andere Welt führen. Vor allem die Kolibris und die Blumen sind ganz grosse Klasse. 🙂 Ernst

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  9. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Janet, I’m sorry to seem late. The gremlins appear to have eaten my comment. I very much enjoyed this mindful and beautiful post. The pair of hummers is my favorite of these masterworks. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Teagan….There must be gremlins because I swear you commented and I responded….but it’s lovely to see you here always once or twice or more 🙂 Thank you – and glad you like these hummers. Janet xxx

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  10. davidjrogersftw

    Dear Janet–another lovely post from you. It rings particularly true for me because I have a history of abusing time–to my detriment, of course. But you give me good reminders and such restful paintings that sitting here now I am so relaxed and content, I am especially taken by the Potted Plants painting, but they are so fine. Again, happy birthday, dearest friend.

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  11. janetweightreed10 Post author

    Good morning David, I find that time is always a bit of an issue, in that there never seems to be enough! Everyone is different, but I am very aware that my body clock makes me a ‘lark’ – early riser and early to bed with book 🙂 If I stray from this, I do feel the difference. I hope all is well with you and the family in Chicago and that it’s not too cold. Spring is on the way my friend. Janet 🙂

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  12. davidjrogersftw

    Thank you for your morning greeting, Janet. I realize that a regular schedule of sleep is a necessity for sleep hygiene. But alas my mind is so active that it doesn’t let me sleep. If there is one sentence and sentiment I express most often to myself under my breath it is, “I’m so tired’. Once I fell asleep at the podium giving a speto 6,000 people, and once on a radio show in the middle of making a point about creativity.” But I’ve been living this way for many years and am pretty productive in spit of such miserable sleep jabits..

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  13. davidjrogersftw

    Thank you for your morning greeting, Janet. I realize that a regular schedule of sleep is a necessity for sleep hygiene. But alas my mind is so active that it doesn’t let me sleep. If there is one sentence and sentiment I express most often to myself under my breath it is, “I’m so tired” Once I fell asleep at the podium giving a speech to 6,000 people, and once on a radio show in Boston in the middle of making a point about creativity.” But I’ve been living this way for many years and am pretty productive in spite of such miserable sleep habits..I find it rather funny, really: a man so desperate to sleep with a mind the gods never let rest.

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