Happiness to you on a Friday

Happiness is neither without us nor within us.
It is in God, both without us and within us

Blaise Pascal

(Gulf Fritillary butterfly visiting an impatient / Julie Cook / 2014)

By the time Friday usually rolls around, aren’t we all just simply spent from the demands and activities of the previous days of the week?
Are we not found to be by Thursday weary, tired, beat, worn out, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, exhausted–mentally, physically, emotionally and even, for some, spiritually. So much so that by the time Friday morning rolls around, it’s difficult to peel ourselves out of the bed in order to get going.

Or maybe, just maybe, by Friday morning, we’re oh so ready for the weekend, we hop right up, ready to get Friday under out belts so we can “have” our weekend. But let’s not talk about the countless who have no weekend, as their schedules require work and demands just as on a Monday or a Tuesday, or, well, you get the point.

Adding to that weariness, for so very many across this country, school has started its new season–life, for both young and old alike, is kicking it up a notch to an ultra radical level of pace. There’s now the struggle to reset the rhythm and routine. Getting adjusted back to the rigors of a demanding and exhausting schedule for the long and arduous “school year.” Just thinking about it is exhausting.

According to the calendar, with the festivities of the weekend ready to get underway, Summer will come to its official end. That whole 3 day weekend thing just sweetened the pot of “living for the weekend” when there’s a holiday in the making. We can get through any drudgery of any week if a holiday gets tacked on at the end, right?

So if this Friday is finding you a tad tired, worn, bedraggled, shell-shocked, or a little too excited over forthcoming weekend festivities, I thought it might be helpful if I shared a little visual happiness. . .here’s to surviving the week and for hopefully surviving the weekend. . .all with a little added touch of visual happiness. . .behold the Passion Butterfly or as it is officially known, the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. . .








12 comments on “Happiness to you on a Friday

  1. lljostes says:

    I like the quote by Pascal! Blessings to you on this last summer weekend of the year! ~ Laura

  2. ptero9 says:

    I can always do a Friday! Happy Labor Day weekend Julie.

  3. Great post Julie, love your pictures too! I hope you and Gregory have a Happy Labor Day weekend! Big hugs! Michael

  4. Lynda says:

    How absolutely magnificent is God’s creation and you have captured this so well in your amazing photos! Have a wonderful weekend – I handed in my paper today so I can relax this weekend before classes start again on September 9th!

  5. You stole one of my favorite words in this post, missy. I love underwhelmed. I’ve even contemplated the idea of just bein whelmed. I can honestly say with NO misgivings whatsofreakingever, that I am sooooooooooooooo glad not to be a part of the going back to school process any longer. And that, my friend, makes this long weekend even better, but the very best part is that August will be over on Monday. And although the heat beast will still be alive for awhile, I will know that at long last his days are numbered!!! Now onto you post. It was great as always and the photos of the frittilary were absolutely wonderful. Love and huge hugs, N 🙂

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