Your Daily Smile: Make Leap Day Count

Written by Angela Atkinson

It’s February 29, people! This day only comes (approximately) once every four years, so let me be the first to wish you a very happy Leap Day.

So what’s the big deal about Leap Day? For many people, it’s just another day. But it makes me smile to think of all the possibilities such a day could entail.

For example, in 1228, a Scottish law was passed that allowed women to propose to men on February 29. The custom has since been observed in a number of European cultures.

While clearly women today can propose to whomever they like without fear of legal action (thank goodness), the law opened a door for women of the time that gave them an opportunity they would have otherwise been denied.

Perhaps it could be seen as an early taste of equality.

I found a fascinating quote on Goodreads from author Vera Nazarian, who wrote The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration. Here’s Nazarian’s take on Leap Day from the calendar.

“Today is an ephemeral ghost…

A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not ‘exist.’

In mundane terms, it marks a ‘leap’  in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up!

But this day holds another secret—it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability…

A day of unlocked potential.

Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you?

Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!”

I don’t know about you, but Nazarian’s thoughts fill me with excitement and motivation to explore all the unlocked potential I can–to take a leap (pun intended) of faith and try something new, to shape a different pattern in MY personal cloud of probability.

Love it. I think I’m going to have to order that calendar. In the meantime, I’ll be doing something new and exciting–making it count. How about you?

How does Nazarian’s quote make you feel? And what will you do today to shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability? Please share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section, below.

 

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