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Take a Leap of Faith Today and Make a Difference

Leap year only comes around once every four years. Make the most of it.
By: Daniel Horowitz
Published: February 29th, 2012 in News » World

As you’ve probably surmised from the extra date on your desk calendar, 2012 is a leap year and, today, February 29th, yes, I said the 29th, is, in fact Leap Day!

Every four years we are given an extra day, presumably to watch all the stuff that, after a couple glasses of wine we deem PVR-worthy, only to find out, in a moment of sobriety a few days later that The Nature Channel’s Special on the Mating Rituals of the Three-Toed Sloth is probably not as titillating as we did whilst enjoying that damn Merlot.

And, excuse me for over-thinking this, but how the hell is this an “extra day?” It’s a day, like the other 365, in which we are living, working, eating, experiencing road rage, making love (sometimes while eating), and a myriad other regular every day activities. Does that mean that the extra 30 pounds I’m carrying around with me is Leap Fat?

Anyway, once we’ve deleted everything recorded on our PVRs, it’s time to use the alleged extra day for good, rather than evil.

What about taking the extra time to make a donation to our favourite charity? Maybe we could finally take that bag of old clothes out of the trunk and put them in that big yellow metal box already?

Let’s face it, if you’re like me, you probably procrastinate. The older I get, the more I figure I’ll “do it tomorrow”, although, logically, I have less tomorrows as I age, but let’s not get weighted down by logic. I’ve actually been a procrastinator for as long as I can rem….actually, why don’t I finish that story some other time.

Truth is, when I was in College I took a course called “Procrastination 101”. The teacher would come in and tell everyone that she’ll have a homework assignment for us tomorrow.

Come on, people, let’s do it. Imagine how much we could change the world if each of us took even ten minutes of this “extra” day to do one good deed.

I know many of you, like me, are somewhat cynical of “good deeds”, but if you can’t be motivated to have a “leap of faith” on leap day, then you never will!

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