As you likely know – today is an extra day. The practice started over 2,000 years ago when Julius Caesar developed the Julian Calendar with the assistance of an Alexandrian astronomer, Sosigenes. Basically, the earth makes a full rotation around the sun every 365.25 days and did not fit neatly into a specific calendar or 24 hour cycle. So, it was decided that every four years they would add an extra day to make up for the extra quarter day. You can tell it’s a leap year if the last two digits of the year are divisible by four, except for century years. For a century year (e.g. 1900, 2000) to be a leap year it must be divisible by 400. So 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 will not be. Without leap years, eventually February would be a summer month in the northern hemisphere! Make the most of the extra day today.
Sometimes, it is ok to let yourself sleep in for a little or allow yourself some extra relaxation. The more you take care of yourself and allow yourself to be still, the more productive and efficient you will be later.
Never stop exploring. The world is full of infinite possibilities – even in your own neighbourhood.
Although it may be cold, make sure to take advantage of the few sunny moments however few and far between.
Every storm runs out of rain; wise words from Maya Angelou.
If you keep your chin up then hope is always on the horizon.
The best places I have visited or lived at are those places where people around you are speaking all sorts of different languages. It is good to have multiple perspectives and to learn about cultures outside your own. The more I live, travel and meet people from outside my own culture, the more I realise there is far more that unites us as humans than what divides us.
Always believe in yourself. I attended a workshop today where I was reminded by a wise person that we have everything we need already inside of us. It’s just a matter of doing the necessary work. You’ve got this.
It is never a good idea to count your chickens before they are hatched. Rather than prematurely declaring victory, take stock of the abundance and support you have in the present moment. Managing your expectations and focusing on the now builds grit and resilience.
Some days are better than others, but always remember the down days make the good days even more amazing.