I have reached that stage in life where I find myself reflecting. Not dwelling on the past, but reflecting on my life experiences and those who have shared them with me. Reflecting on who I am and what I stand for.

One of the wonderful things about ageing is the freedom that comes with it. Gone are the self conscious worries that seem to follow us when we are young. Instead there is a real understanding of how precious every single day is. And of course an understanding of the need to use the time we have wisely.

I believe that we all harbour a well of creativity within, and that it is never too late to explore that part of ourselves. Never too late to late to find unexpected joys in our lives…..

Sometimes in observing visual reflections like those that I am showing here. Photographs I took of the little harbour in Kinsale, Country Cork. We see the infinite possibilities in the world…..we can grasp that the surface rarely shows us what’s really going on. As we look down into a reflection, it seems to go on for ever….which I believe is how life is.

My first love is portrait painting. It never ceases to excite and amaze me when I get beneath the veneer of my subject. Sometimes it might be someone I have known for many years, but in painting them I see so much more…..

Like deep reflections, when we get beneath the veneer of a fellow human, we see so much more and in doing so understand the infinite possibilities that are beneath each one of us….

During this past year….not only have I had time to reflect, but also an opportunity to see new possibilities.

One thing that has come home very clearly is that wellness is the complete integration of body, mind and spirit. The recognition that everything we do and indeed think affects our state of well-being. Given that everything and everyone is interconnected…our state of being also affects those around us…..and visa versa. It is an infinite spiral, much like looking down into a reflection.

Next time you stand by a river bank – look down into the reflections…..they go on for ever.

Janet 🙂

42 thoughts on “REFLECTIONS

  1. laura bruno lilly

    The interconnections you so effortless seam together in your posts is what I strive for in my everyday life…as an (he)artist it’s how I/we live, but not always easy to ‘explain’.
    Lovely and thank you, Janet.

      1. janetweightreed10 Post author

        Here we are towards the end of May and its freezing:). Hopefully. a slight change next week… I imagine it’s so beautiful during the autumn in NZ. XX

  2. philosopherjnrlagat

    Indeed the reflection especially of the inner self is the roadmap of a better person we are inside. I like every view of the mirror mirror effect that comes along with your vivid description. So true and so real.

  3. matthewbahai

    L’œil de l’esprit ne peut trouver nulle part plus d’éblouissements ni plus de ténèbres que dans l’homme ; il ne peut se fixer sur aucune chose qui soit plus redoutable, plus compliquée, plus mystérieuse et plus infinie. Il y a un spectacle plus grand que la mer, c’est le ciel ; il y a un spectacle plus grand que le ciel, c’est l’intérieur de l’âme.

  4. davidjrogersftw

    Thank you for this beautiful post with its lovely photographs and for your ideas. stimulating as usual. I am pleased to sense the contentment you seem to have. You’re happy. I am happy too, and I don’t know if that is so easy for complicated people like us.

    Here the baseball season is in high gear and the sun and heat of summer, Diana;s best season. I hope you are well and are able to get out more now, as we are. We have about 500 masks, none of which we use anymore..
    Best wishes

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you David and yes I am feeling so content….and even happy:). The creative community centre four minutes from me has brought new meaning to my life here in Hampton. I am meeting so many fun and interesting people and getting involved in all sorts of different activities. On Wednesday I will be attending a Lebanese cooking class with a wonderful woman who is now coming to my workshops…I could go on and on, but I know you get the picture. Plus this weekend, it looks like our weather has turned for the better….sunshine and warm temps:). Hooray.
      So glad to hear that you are enjoying the summer and the baseball season- so quintessentially American…and having had children grow up there, I know how much fun it is for them and for the adults.

      Along with all this new stimulation in my life, the creative juices are continuing to flow….happy days.

      Hope you and Diana have a lovely weekend. Janet `x

  5. snowbird

    You are very wise my dear friend. I nodded throughout this wonderful post. I just loved how you used the reflections to demonstrate how little we know re what is there are going on. Such beautiful pictures

  6. Jet Eliot

    What a lovely and introspective look at life, reflections, and ageing, Janet. Your words were inspiring, and a good reminder of how precious life is, including the thoughts we carry with us. And I really enjoyed hearing about your love for portrait painting and the special, in-depth look into a person that you embrace while painting them. An interesting and thoughtful post, and much appreciated.

  7. Colette Merrill

    I loved the reflections that we are able to do at an older age. There are definitely benefits to aging. I recently found my voice to reflect and to tell it like it is to someone you love, hence the poem about time. We do have to use what time we have left wisely, and that is what we both were doing when expressing in different manners. The pictures are beautiful and we do understand what is underneath the outer layer


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