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An extra day

Sometime in kindergarten or first grade, maybe even sooner, I learned the Mother Goose rhyme designed, at least in my mind, to help me remember how many days are in each month. I still find myself reciting this  on occasion when I try to recall the length of each month.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.
 
But it’s actually called Leap Year Poem, and I celebrate it on this leap day, February 29, 2012.

And what might I do with this glorious extra day? Wouldn’t it be nice if today was a special project day, instead of it getting folded into our regular  patterns and routines? In the world according to Melanie, it would be a day where everyone in the world got to do whatever they wanted, an extra weekend day, a day for one’s own devices, a day that could not be used to get caught up on the backload of work, email, or other stuff, but a day to work on that special project, to invent, imagine, fantasize.

Last year I read a number of books on motivation designed for the business world. A couple of forward thinking companies build days like this into their schedules. Days where employs get to fool around and play, experiment and try out ideas. A day where pressure is eliminated and the joy of finding bliss in the creative process, whatever that process might be, from art to engineering to cooking to playing with kids, etc. THAT is the job of the day.

Join me with this fantasy…imagine what you would do today, if today wasn’t just folded into the regular routine, but instead was that special day for you to pursue that idea or dream that gently taps, taps, taps at your sub-conscious.

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