Sixteen minutes to three aka 14 44


“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” – Plato

“My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too.” – Rodney Dangerfield

Interesting quotes to unleash another barrage of wordy (note, not worldly) observations on life as we know it from Base Camp #TeamDuke aka #TeamDurky.

Following the last blog – TIME FOR THE TRUTH – this is another step away from our journey – although pardon me for occasional references. It’s more a case of another look over the wall at stuff that I hope is of interest. Maybe controversial to some. Never meant to offend. But just the View From The Ground on which I walk.

As regular readers will know, I find life interesting. These days, it’s full of love, laughter, and joy. Everyone deserves this at a very minimum. I wish I could find a way to spread it. Like a domino effect. Imagine. That’s part of the plan with the blogs and the eventual book (yes, yes, I know I keep going on about the book. It will come. I’m sure 😄).

But I hope the blogs provide a smile, and give hope – for everyone. I have reflected on some of the darker things in the past, but without that darkness I wouldn’t be able to see the bright light that shines now – family and friends alike provide that beacon. Of course, Ben, Liv, Aud, Eilidh, Liam, and Gaby are the core of #TeamDurky but we are lucky to have some many more people with us.

As those of you who have read the blogs over the last couple of years – via These Wings Can fly or my own site, View From The Ground – I have spiritual leanings. It could be said at one stage those leanings were so severe I nearly fell over.

Severe? Let’s explore. I suppose it’s all down to interpretation. I started on a path of believing that good starts from within and by sharing that good we could work towards building a strong world. In the theory, pretty good. I still feel like that.

But, for a time it all became way too serious. A strange belief in things I didn’t actually understand. Strange connections with people I didn’t and still don’t understand. Beautiful connections with others who remain friends. You know who you are.

I love the beliefs of some who I remain connected with from those strange days. I am maybe not entirely of the same thinking anymore but I have a deep respect for their views – so my following words are my tongue in cheek view and are not to offend – honestly 😄.

11:11. The same number – twice, but with the ability to send people into a complete tailspin. I’m sure you’ve seen it. “What time is it?”. “11 : 11”. “11 : 11 11 : 11????? Wayyyyyyyyyyyyheyyyyyyyyyyy. Do you know what that means?” “Yep – 1 hour and 49 minutes until lunch”.

But, I know to many there is a deeper meaning. Here’s 1 explanation: –

“Some numerologists believe that events linked to the time 11:11 appear more often than can be explained by chance or coincidence. This belief is related to the concept of synchronicity. Some authors claim that seeing 11:11 on a clock is an auspicious sign.”

Interesting, but I see the numbers a lot. However, as I type this I see 20 : 45 – wayyyyyyyheyyyyyy. That means ………… it’s quarter to nine.

I’m not being disrespectful. Perhaps I should go with it and believe I’m seeing an auspicious sign, until it becomes 11 : 12.

What about 144,000. Now, here there are biblical connections, which I truly do respect. But too many people seem to have hijacked this number for their own reasons – I believe. Or, at least the 144 bit, or even 1444. Yes, a bit of extra 4play.

What time is it?”. “14 : 44”. “14 : 44. 14 : 44????? Wayyyyyyyyyyyyheyyyyyyyyyyy. Do you know what that means?” “Yep – 5 hours and 16 minutes to my evening meal”.

I’m not been critical but, to m 14 : 44 = 16 minutes to 3.

But, then, I have a small obsession with the number 23. It started with a film (starring the rather unique Jim Carrey). The Google biog states “A man’s (Jim Carrey) discovery of an obscure book about the number 23 leads him on a descent into darkness. As he becomes more obsessed with its contents, he becomes more convinced that it is, in fact, based on his life. To his horror, he discovers grave consequences in store for the book’s main character.”

Bizarre isn’t it? 23 for a while was a focus. I smile now but what happens when you start to believe a number is more significant than it is?

Looking at the clock and seeing 13: 40 makes me smile. Why? Let’s just say on a working day it signifies we are well into the day 😀.

But I do understand the fascination with numerology. A good friend provided me with a numerology report and it is really interesting – using numbers as a whole. But not to run round in circles like an excited dog because it’s sixteen minutes to three or eleven minutes past eleven. 11 11 is significant as a date – for that there is no doubt in world history. It may also have some significance as two numbers together but as a time? I’ll let you know. I might get a phone call today at eleven minutes past eleven to tell me I’ve got a deal to write the book.

Right, I think that all adds up to 2,953.

It’s funny, when you reflect on numbers in general. Number 1 – regarded as being the top of something. But, you could see the number as the start of something. Which is it? In the employment world where companies use appraisal system, so have number one as being a top performer whereas others have number as under performing. Confused? Yep!

Make that 2,954.

Thanks to everyone who read TIME FOR THE TRUTH. It means a lot that so many read and liked it. I really want to see a shift in how mental health is viewed and managed. With that in mind
I want to finish with some lyrics. This is very much connected to mental health. The focus is on the importance of believing in yourself. If you believe in yourself you are completely on the right path.

I stumbled across this awesome song by American band, Boxer Rebellion – “Love Yourself”. The words speak for themselves. I hope that they connect with you.

“You told yourself
“I’d write a letter today”
Tell the world that you would hurt yourself
Can’t look in mirror much less anyone else

You try to move on from here
But you look like a ghost alive
You can’t think always running in place
A lost soul that won’t show his face

But I know you’re just someone who’s feeling all alone
You’re just someone who doesn’t seem to know which way to turn
If you just ask for help, if you just ask for help
First thing I’ll say is you gotta love yourself

Find it hard to take
Hard to take even the best of praise
A pair of hands that became too tough
A growing armour for whatever they might touch

But I know you’re just someone who’s feeling all alone
You’re just someone who doesn’t seem to know which way to turn
If you just ask for help, if you just ask for help
First thing I’ll say is you gotta love yourself

But I know you’re just someone who’s feeling all alone
You’re just someone who doesn’t seem to know which way to turn
If you just ask for help, if you just ask for help
First thing I’ll say is you gotta love yourself
You gotta love yourself, you gotta love yourself” – Boxer Rebellion

So, there you go. And I’d better go. It’s seven minutes to eight. Wait – 7:53? Think about it – if you add 5 and 3 then take away 7, you get 1. Wow!


Jon 🤡


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