“Happy Leap Year Day! What Will You Do With Your Extra Time?”

Happy Leap Year Day!

As you undoubtedly recall from earlier school days, Leap Years happen only once every four years, pinning an extra day onto the end of the month of February, with the year’s shortest month magically becoming one day longer.

This small change works to keep the calendar year in sync with the solar year so that the calendar’s seasons and holidays do not shift thru the solar year over time. Think Christmas during the heat of July and watching Fourth of July fireworks in a snowstorm someday in the future. Like that. The added leap day every four years serves to keep it all in balance.

So, the February 29th extra day every four years is kind of special. Like on that one of four times you actually receive a hot and fresh pizza delivery order. A time to celebrate and open up the box right away and enjoy it before the specialness is gone!

How are you going to spend your extra day and twenty-four gifted hours of time this Leap Year?  Have you thought about it yet?

Just for fun, I did some random, unscientifically based sampling of friends and neighbors to see what they had in mind for their extra day and time.

Results varied from “Excited” to “Not-So-Much” . . . . .

  • “Take in a basketball game!”
  • “I am going to sleep all day!”
  • “Probably forget about it and then feel guilty later about having wasted my extra day.”
  • “Reflect on the new year so far and my plans for the next ten months.”
  • “Play Bingo all day until my money runs out.”
  • “Pray to make it to the next Leap Year Day.”
  • “I am going to go shopping, have lunch out, and treat myself to a new pair of shoes!”
  • “Play video games all day!”
  • “Will probably just do some blood sacrifices and other pagan rituals as a tradition to honor the day.”  (There’s always that ‘one guy’ in every group, isn’t there?)

The above plans notwithstanding, by far and perhaps rather sadly, the most frequent response was — “Nothing special, just another day.”

For me personally, after falling so far behind on things with recent health issues (read about it all here, if you dare — “Old Age Ain’t No Place For Sissies!” ), I plan to take advantage of my special Leap Day by spending the greatest part of the time with my story friend Little Red Bear catching up on all the writing work we are so far behind with.  There just hasn’t been enough time in the past few months.

And in saying that just now, how often do we find ourselves saying the exact same thing  — “There just hasn’t been enough time”? Or, perhaps expressing its variant — “I just don’t have the time”?

In “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Douglas Adams is famously quoted for observing that — “Time is an illusion.”  And he has noted physicists backing him up on it. According to the experts, our naive perception of time’s flow does not correspond to physical reality. Wow, heavy stuff.

But this piece today is not intended to be a dissertation on the subject or history of “Time” itself; there are many readily available sources that discuss the topics in detail if you care to learn more.

My interest rather is in how we choose to use “Time”.

 — “Nothing special, just another day.”  —

As mentioned earlier, this is a leap year with a bright and shiny, extra new day added this month on February 29th. Twenty-four golden hours of opportunity.

We all receive the same amount of “Time” each and every day. Some accomplish much with it. Many allow it to pass by relatively untouched and unused, adding to an ever-growing discard pile of “Just another days”.

Some use Time for good purposes; others not. Some enjoy its passing, aware and savoring every moment. Some seem to sleepwalk thru the day. Some are motivated by time’s passage, while others crumble under the pressure and weight of deadlines, both outwardly and self-imposed.

So maybe the question is — Do we control Time, mindfully utilizing what we are given to best suit our needs and wishes, or do we allow Time to control us?

We always seem to have, make, or create the necessary time in our schedules for what we truly want to do, while responding “I don’t have the time” for those things we would rather not do if given a choice. So, maybe it all merely boils down to a matter of priorities in the end. We do what we want to do and that which personally serves us best, and let the devil take the hindmost.  And that’s the reality, simple enough.

When we ask someone to do something or other and they respond that they would love to but do not have the time, it really just means that we or our request are simply not high enough on their priority list.  No one receives more, and certainly not less time than anyone else each day. It’s just all in how we choose to use it.

Getting back to the subject at hand, due to the idiosyncrasies and vagaries of its measurement, we each will receive an extra twenty-four hours of special Leap Year Time this month, free of charge. Gifted.

What will YOU do with it?

Some of my writer friends are sharing their thoughts about “Leap Day”, also.

I invite you to Visit and Follow their pages listed below for wonderfully varied content throughout the year!

Julie Gorges – “How Baby Boomers Can Make Leap Day Count!”

Rebecca Lyndsey – “Very Superstitious . . .”

Rosie Russell  – ” We’re Leaping and Hopping for Leap Year 2020″

Sandra Bennett – “What Will You Do With an Extra Day?”

Carmela Dutra – “How to Take a Leap on Leap Day”

Cat Michaels – “Five Easy Things You Can Do with Your Extra 24 Hours on Leap Day”

Auden Johnson – “How Will You Spend Your Extra Day This Leap Year?’

Chris Gorges – “A Rare Gift”

Julie Schooler – “3 Easy Ways to Make February 29th Your Best Leap Day Ever”

Thank you always for visiting and spending part of your day with us here!

In addition to our writing work, Little Red Bear and I will be heading outside on Leap Day next weekend, trash bags in hand (paws?) to pick up litter and trash along our nearby walkways.

It’s called “Trashercize”, a growing, environmentally conscious activity combining healthy outdoor walking and exercise with trash removal to beautify our neighborhoods, waterways, and landscapes.

Watch for more about Trashercize and Plogging in a coming post here as we all prepare to head back outdoors with the arrival of Spring soon! 

In closing, if each person in the world helped just one other person or did one simple thing to help Mother Nature and the environment, wouldn’t the world be a much better and more enjoyable place? A lot of simple little acts can add up to something really big if we all pitch in and take the Time to do our part by putting someone or something else’s needs before our own wants.

So then, what can you do with your extra Leap Year Day to reach out and help someone?  How about doing something today? And if not today — when?

Could you possibly offer a kind word or pick up and properly dispose of a piece of litter, perhaps? Little things. They add up. Please join us today in making a positive difference in the world!  — Jim (and Red!)   🤠 🐻

If you enjoyed this piece, you may also like — “Finding A Purpose Driven Life — What Would You Do If . . . . . . ?”  and “Opting for Millstones or Milestones — The Desiderata” 

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16 thoughts on ““Happy Leap Year Day! What Will You Do With Your Extra Time?”

  1. Hi Jim, Gotta love a good pagan ritual. At least he/she had a good sense of humour. It was a great way to take a novel approach to finding suggestions on how to spend the day. I like the idea of trashercize too. We are lucky here, there is not much trash to pick up usually, except for garbage days when the wind gets to the trash before the garbage man.

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    • Thank You, Sandra! Keeping all fingers crossed here for your book project as the process continues, and for everyone’s recovery after all that you and the wildlife have been thru Down Under recently with the devastating wildfires and weather. Take care, good luck, and God bless! 🤠 🐻 ❤️


  2. Great post, James!

    “Trashercize,” is one I have heard of. Our oldest son is a marathon runner so he has to practice a lot. Last year, he went to our neighborhood park to get in a run and saw so much trash, it bothered him. His next visit, he took a trash bag and cleaned up the park before he left. It started into a weekly habit for him. What a great idea, right? PS.This mom is pretty proud of him for doing so. 🙂

    When you mentioned most said, “It’s just another day.” I’ve thought about this a lot this past year how the days we say are “special” are all in our head. If you think about it, Christmas, 4th of July, birthdays, are just other days, but not when we choose to make it a special day. Why can’t we make everyday special? Okay, maybe not Christmas, that may be expensive. Ha! You know what I mean, though.

    Happy Leap Year, James! I hope you and Little Red Bear enjoy your special day.

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    • Thank you for visiting, Rosie, and excellent points about making each day “Special”. That is what we try to do here, and figure each day waking up on the green side of the grass is off to a pretty special start. As an Eagle Scout, we were trained to never leave anything behind except footprints, and take away only memories. Along with every little piece of litter and trash we could find along the way. Best wishes for an amazing Leap Day this year! 🤠 🐻 ❤️


  3. Laughing here about that one guy’s pagan ritual practice. But, seriously, too often, time controls me, so i’m trying hard to fight back. I love your “Trashercizing!” I must remember to carry gloves and a small trash bag next time I walk the ‘hood. btw…you and your jumping avatar are looking quite fit. Must be all that trashercize -:D.

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    • Thanks for visiting, Cat — Truth be told, the little avatar guy jumps somewhat higher than me at this time, but working hard to catch him! Trashercizing would be a perfect beach activity this spring and summer! Best wishes for a wonderful Leap Day! 😎 ⛱️


    • Thank you for visiting, Jessica! Little Red Bear has been a pretty busy fellow, let me tell you. Like you, I cannot wait to tell you all about it! Thanks always for the encouragement and support, and very best wishes for a wonderful Leap Day with your family! 🤠 🐻 ❤️

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    • Thank you, Carmela — it is good to be back, although still not quite as active as I would like, but continuing to get closer by the day. Have a wonderful Leap Day. A gardening project sounds like just the thing! 🤠 🐻 ❤️


    • Thank you always for visiting, Patrick! Back pain seems to follow the beginning of gardening work as predictably as Spring follows Winter. But the summer payoff is so worth it in the end. Always the very best of wishes, health, and happy writing! 🤠 🐻 ❤️

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    • Thanks for visiting! This is a non-judgemental, all-inclusive site here. All are welcome, although we do reserve the right to deny entrance to hate-mongers. We have a special side entrance for pagans and druids, wider to accommodate their oak trees and such. 🌳 🌳 🌳


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