Out with the old and in with the new

“I’m getting old, that’s the thing! What’s in me now won’t be there anymore.”
― Leo Tolstoy

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

(a small fall mum which is hanging on through cold and frost / Julie Cook / 2014)

A very happy New Year to all!!!

As I raise my glass to you. . .

May you look forward and not back
May you be hopeful and not full of regrets
May you hold on to the future and let go of the past
May you go forth with confidence eschewing doubt
May you be open to the new and be willing to let go of the old
May the God of both Heaven and Earth, the Creator of all that was and all that is and all that will be grant you happiness and peace as we enter this new year together. . .

A blessed New Year’s day and may God’s blessings carry you throughout the New Year.

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. . .