Leap Day

We all know that there aren’t enough hours in the day. We go to sleep at night lamenting chores unfinished, phone calls unmade, emails (and blog posts!) unwritten, and dreams unfilfilled.
What if I told you that you had an extra day to catch up on tasks you haven’t crossed off your to-do list and goals you haven’t accomplished? Well, you’re in luck. Today is that day.
As you’re starting out your leap day, think about yesterday’s unfinished business. What’s still eating at you? For me, it’s three baskets of unfolded laundry and several weeks’ worth of writing. Take one to two hours of this bonus day to “catch up,” so that when the new month starts tomorrow, you will feel ready to face the inevitable impending load that will be making its way to your inbox.
If you’re feeling particularly daring, use today as an opportunity to “take a leap” into a new direction. Restart that exercise routine that slipped away during the snow storm. Try out a new recipe. Register yourself as a volunteer for a worthy cause. Extend an olive branch. Read – to yourself, your kids, your dog. Change your hairstyle. Treat yourself to something new – a pair of earrings, a gourmet cupcake from that bakery everyone has been talking about, a Caribbean cruise (if you can afford it).
February 29th is all about seizing the (extra) day, so make something happen!
Better yet, live all of your days like they’re February 29th for “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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