Happy Leap Year 2008!

Leap Year 2008…

Technically, this means we add a day to our February calendar so that we have 366 instead of 365 days in 2008.  Apparently, we do this to accommodate minor anomalies in the calculations regarding the earth’s rotation around the sun.  Even though I have geek tendencies, I won’t bore you with a science lesson.  Actually, there’s a great layperson’s explanation on www.infoplease.com about leap year.  Check it out if you are the type of person who loves to know why things are the way they are… or if you just love trivia like I do!

Even though I think the science is interesting, what really appeals to me about leap year is that we get an extra day this year.  I mean, how many of us go around saying “I don’t ever have enough time to get everything done”?  Well, now, with one extra day, just think what you can do!

Does your mind turn to the work piled at your desk when I say this?  Well, I would ask you that you consider the fun things you never get to do because there’s never enough time.  With that extra 24 hours, maybe you can go to the park and fly a kite.  Maybe you can make room in your day to toss a Frisbee with your kids.  Maybe you can sit down and outline that book you’ve always wanted to write.  Maybe you can call up someone you haven’t talked to in ages just to check in and say hello.  Just maybe you can use the few extra minutes you’ll have during this leap year to stop and smell the roses.

They say our lives are getting speedier and speedier, and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon.  Fast food, short songs because of short attention spans, travel at the speed of sound, instant information at our fingertips… well, you get the point.  I’d say it’s really great that we have sped up and are using more of our ability, however where’s the counterbalance?  When everyone is go, go, go, then you get widespread heart disease.  Deliberately slowing down… our heartbeats… is a counterbalance.  I’d make the argument that we can view this leap year as a counterbalance.  Stop to smell the roses… you have the time now.

And by the way, who says you have to do it all at once?  Grab the extra 1440 minutes we have in 2008 and consider spreading out the stuff you’ve been putting off.  Wrap your mind around this – you can actually spend an extra 3.9 minutes every day smelling roses because of Leap Year 2008!

Oh, one more thing.  There’s something noteworthy about this particular leap year.  February 29, 2008 falls on a Friday – talk about TGIF!  One website, www.timeanddate.com points out that the last time we had a February with 5 Fridays was in 1980 and that the next one won’t occur until 2036.  It’s not too late to plan ahead for some fun this Friday.  Have a Happy Leap Year!

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