LEAP DAY is just another day…… NO, it’s NOT. It’s an EXTRA day! First, a little explanation from www.dateandtime.com:
“Leap Day as a concept has existed for more than 2000 years, and is still associated with age-old traditions, folklore and superstition. It’s a popular day for women to propose marriage. Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days (a tropical year) to circle once around the Sun. If we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!”
How many of you remember learning this little poem in grade school? (and I’m not ashamed to admit, I still use it!) Think about it, we learned it for this very day. This EXTRA day!
30 days hath September, April, June and November, All the rest have 31, Excepting February alone. Which only has but 28 days clear And 29 in each leap year~
Now the BIG question for you. What will you do with an extra day this year? In a world where we seem to all be running out of hours in a day, this is a gift, right? An extra day. But to accomplish what? A day to sleep, play, work, ignore, spend, save, eat, diet, love, gamble, exercise or maybe go with the tradition, ladies? Propose marriage? And then the next question is, if it’s an extra day and we don’t have time for it today….can we substitute another day? We do have several months left in “LEAP YEAR,” ya know.
Maybe, just maybe, Leap Day might push us to take a LEAP of Faith? What have you been putting off or placed in the back of your mind that you could begin or even end on this day? Pay off a bill, start a budget, learn that new language or start music lessons? Call an old friend, tell someone you appreciate them, or buy the “other” guy at Sonic a Happy Hour drink? Maybe it could simply be the day you say to yourself, “Self~ this is the day I’m going to turn over a new leaf. From now on I am going to (or NOT going to) _______________”. Well, I can only answer that question for myself. I’m leaving that blank for YOU to fill in….but feel free to share with us, if you like.
We have an extra day, people. Make it count. HAPPY LEAP DAY, 2012!