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Happy Leap Day!

Today is leap day! Leap days have been a staple of calendars for over 2000 years. Julius Caesar first introduced them in the Julian calendar. Leap days occur once every four years, except if a year is divisible by 100. However, if a year is divisible by 100 AND 400, then it IS a leap year. The years 1600, 2000 and 2400 are leap years, but 1900 and 2100 are not. Leap years are inserted into our Gregorian calendar because we have divided our calendar into 365 days. However, the year (one full rotation around the sun) is actually more like 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. So, once every 4 years, we add an extra day in February to make up the difference accumulated over the last four years.

What does any of this have to do with Repeating Excellence? There is something special about February 29. It is rare. Not as rare as unicorns, but rare nonetheless. At least more rare than other days of the year, say December 25, for example. If we only celebrated Christmas or New Years once every four years it would really be something special. Can you imagine the commercialism that would occur? We already see Christmas components materializing in stores early in November, or sooner. A leap day celebration would be hitting the markets a good 12 months in advance.

Assuming I live to be 80 years old, I’m only going to experience about 20 leap days. What else might I only experience 20 times in my lifetime? I might own 20 cars (I’m already at 12). Attend 20 ballets (up to about 10, so far; I’ll probably see far more than 20 in the next 40 years!). Hmmm….I’m having a difficult time coming up with things I might only do 20 times. There a few that will happen a lot less. Getting married, for instance. I only intend on doing that one time. I’m perfectly happy and content with my first wonderful wife. I’ve only purchased three homes in the last 40 years. I can’t see myself owning more than one or two in the next 40 years. Technically, banks have owned all of them. If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll own one before D-day. I’m not going to have more than three children. I’ve only ever owned a handful of dogs and I doubt I’ll personally possess any more. (For the record, I have nothing against dogs.) It is obvious to me that if something only happens 20 times (or less) in a lifetime, it is special.

February 29 is one of those “specials”. So treat it like something special. Do something today that is far from ordinary, a long ways from extra-ordinary. Do something beyond your comfort zone. Make today, a rare day. Be the most productive you’ve been in 20 years; make amends with someone that has offended you; go skydiving (this author cannot be held liable for any injury or death); cook dinner for your spouse. I don’t know what your special is. Only you know that.

Whatever you do to make today extra extraordinary, be sure to post a comment and share it with us. Have a happy Leap Day!

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  1. 10 March 2012 at 1:52 am

    Enjoyed looking at this, very good stuff, appreciate it. “I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help-and God’s.” by Lyndon B. Johnson.

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