Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Into Something New

"Doing is a quantum leap from imagining." -Barbara Sher

Today is February 29, 2012 and if things feel a little bit different, its because this only comes around once every four years. Leap year 2012 consists of 366 days, unlike a common year containing only 365 days. During these special years, an extra or intercalary day is added on February 29.

This happens of course nearly every 4 years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar. The reason behind all of this is to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. You see it takes roughly 365.242199 days (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, for the Earth to circle one time around the Sun.

Since the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, without the extra day (Leap Day), we would lose nearly six hours from the calendar every year. So in only 100 years, the calendar would be off by almost 24 days.

There are three criteria for calculating when a Leap Year occurs;

  • The year is evenly divisible by 4;
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

This means that 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years.

After all of this talk regarding dates and hours and the Earth circling the Sun; what really matters?

What matters is that you have an extra day to do something special in life. You have an extra opportunity to dream big and act upon those dreams. Maybe it is a great time to refocus, reassess and reengage your life.

All of us are working towards having a great life. And this day, February 29, 2012 is the perfect chance for you to get moving forward again. It could end up being that perfect day if you let it.

Stay inspired my friends and check out more of my writing at Street Articles.

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