Friday JohnKu – AKA TGIF

a workaholic

Friday is here, and we all are glad to welcome the day as the gateway to the weekend. It is a great day in the week since it is Saturday eve. Only a few more hours and the hard work for this week can be behind us. That is unless you are one of those souls who can’t let it go for a couple of days. We all know who you are. If you are not working, you think your foot will fall off or something. You are a group of obsessive overachievers I have to excuse myself from this group even though I never stop working.I’m a writer, and we know writers are allowed to obsess over the never-ending task of writing. For the rest of you there seems to be some logic in taking some time off. Go ahead, remove your shoes and lay that computer down. After all, none of you will be on your deathbed saying,”my only regret is I couldn’t work more.” Today is the first day of the rest of your life (where the hell did that come from?), and you need to get started on a new objective to smell roses. I realize you can’t just stop. The withdrawal might be harsh enough to kill you. Maybe you can take baby steps. Try this

1. Put down the notebook and phone.

2. Go outside. (Yes outside with all the heat and bugs)

3. Find a flower. (You’ll recognize it by the fact it is in the ground)

4. Lean over and inhale through your nose like you are in a Pilates class.

5. Run quickly back into the house and congratulate yourself on completing the first rose smelling exercise. Next time we will try to find a rose.

Today’s JohnKu (a term coined by Words4jp) is about smelling the roses.

Rose by John W. Howell © 2015

Work is a blessing,

For the purpose fulfilling. . .

But not as a life.


  1. *pokes at a mushroom* This flower smells funny.

    1. Ha ha ha. Especially in the pasta.

      1. Never got into eating mushrooms. Though I have enjoyed shittake when they’re cooked on a Hibachi.

      2. Shittake on a Hibachi. You poet you.

      3. Didn’t even realize that. 🙂

  2. Just so, John. Just so. Love the JohnKu. Happy weekend. 🙂

    1. You as well Tess. Thanks

      1. Thank you and you’re welcome.

  3. I get a gold start John – I took today off. I’ve taken the dog for a walk and I’m catching up on some reading.

    1. Here lean over and let me paste it on your forehead. Good for you.

  4. A perfect Johnku for the day. (TGI-me on the phone for this meeting i’m attending as i type this. If i were there in person I might throw something…) How many hundred thousand dollars are they spending on this group for them to take everyone’s time in a meeting to just complain??? Yes John — TGIF! 😀 😀 😀

    1. I used to hate conference calls. All the talking and no body doing. Hope it all went okay.

  5. Good Johnku. I would follow your advice, but unfortunately I have hayfever and can’t go anywhere near flowers. Looks like I’ll have to stay inside at the computer.

    1. You need some Flonaise. I am allergic to air and that stuff helps me.

  6. You crack me up John. Thanks for the tip on #3. Like guyportman, my allergies will get out of control, but at least I’ll know I’m alive!

    1. Yeah. I have asthma and allergies and know I’m alive after a major attack. Have a great weekend.

  7. Hah, so true. Great JohnKu! I have to go back to hummingbird watching now.

    1. The best sport there is. Do it myself. Thanks for the comment.

      1. Both babies took off out of the nest this afternoon!

  8. Your haikus are full of truth, John. Wonderful

  9. I had a fine Sunday afternoon yesterday, out on our deck, enjoying the sunny day and doing some reading. Well, yes, I did some writing work, too, but not a lot.

    1. Good for you. Thanks for the comment

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