Past tense and past participle of spend.
1. Used up; consumed
2. Having come to an end; passed
3. Depleted of energy, force, or strength; exhausted
This is how we refer to blooms that are past their prime. But are they? Is it only our perception? Is this the only time they are useful? Have they nothing else to offer us?
As I try to look at my own life and purpose on this planet, I find it helpful to compare my growth, both physically and spiritually to flowers. They have mad survival skills, braving the long, cold winter. They throw caution to the wind and break through the hard ground even in risky spring weather. They always look on the bright side (the sun). They offer beauty and sweetness to all that cross their path and gently and gracefully move through the phases of their life. But what then? What of the time when we say they are spent? What time does this represent in my life?
I have had all the children I am going to have in this life. Am I spent? worthless? No way! As I ponder what I have to offer to this world and those I meet, isn't it only natural that I should seek the continuing worth and beauty of my spent flowers? Well, here is step one: Spend some time and look, smell, and photograph!!
I'm sure it is evident that I have a lot more exploring to do on this subject and I do but I wanted to share the first step on my journey...seeing the beauty!