Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.
Jump! ‘Tis almost spring!
Sun today, rain tomorrow,
wind blows warm and cool.
Tomorrow is bonus day, Leap Day. Every 4 years we get to have an extra day because of the way the calendar falls. We have to even it out somehow or each year we would get further and further away from the calendar we use to conventionally mark the passage of days reflecting the journey of time around the sun.
I’m not sure I like the name “Leap Day”. It’s not like we are jumping over something or into something or off of something or onto something. I prefer the designation “Extra Day” or “Bonus Day” because we get a whole day to add to our experiences. Who am I to question convention? Maybe we are jumping into something, I just don’t know what. I haven’t found the information yet on why February is the “short month” or why February was chosen to have the extra day tacked onto it. Maybe I will understand that by next year. Or by the next time Leap Day comes around, giving me 4 whole years to find the information, plenty of leeway for learning.
No matter how you do the math, the calendar year comes out with a remainder. You remember math. If the quotient is not a whole number and there is something left over you have a remainder. If we figure a calendar year is 365 days and divide that by 12 for the 12 months, each month would have 30 days plus a little left over. If we make a calendar change and base it on a lunar year of 28 days and 13 months, we still have a little left over. No matter how you crunch the numbers the calendar never comes out with a whole number to fit the progression of the sun or the moon. We have to add in an extra day somewhere so the calendar matches the annual journey around the sun. Our convention is to have an extra day every 4 years. Unlike Daylight Saving Time, which is merely a clock game, in which there is no saving or extra time involved, Leap Day is truly an extra day. Sort of a free day, if you will. I suppose we could mark each day as 24 plus some minutes, but that seems like a a really big hassle and we wouldn’t get a free day every 4 years.
Leap Day is one more day to be grateful for waking up. To be grateful for the beauty of nature and each year’s rebirth. To be grateful for the support of family and friends. To be grateful for employment. To be grateful for housing and food and beds and clothing and indoor climate control. To be grateful the body is still working the best it can at the moment. To be grateful for intelligence and for the ability to deal with transitions. To be grateful for joy and contentment. To be grateful for abundance. To be grateful for animal companions and caring for them. To be grateful for new life and the continuance of generations of humans. To be grateful for another journey around the sun.
What are you going to do with your extra day? What will you be grateful for?
Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – My little white, purple tipped violas. Some large deep purple violets. A pink flowering bush that I don’t know the name of attracted the attention of a bee and a beetle type critter. Bright green streamers of new growth on a willow tree. The contrast of the lime green new growth on this sedum against burgundy leaves. Pure white crocus with golden yellow anther. Stripped purple and white crocus.
Current View – Season 3 of Arrow alternating with Season 1 of The Flash as the two series/seasons over-lap. Totally escapism super-hero fantasy. Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2009, not rated) a documentary by Steven Sebring, about poet and performance artist Patti Smith. I love seeing how artists and musicians make their lives around their art which is not supported much in our society.
Currently Reading – Memoirs of a Geisha (1997, fiction) by Arthur Golden. Fascinating coming of age novel in Japan before World War II. All in a Word: 100 Delightful Excursions into the Uses and Abuses of Words (2010, English language) by Vivian Cook. Author is a bit verbose, and doesn’t explain some of his explanations in an understandable manner. How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life (2016, neuropsychology) by Caroline Webb. Always looking for ways to improve my performance. Yes, concurrently.
This week I have been grateful for:
- The tree branches and bushes looking like hands and arms waving in the wind. The resilience of their movement instead of breaking.
- Vast unmowed green fields with random clumps of yellow daffodils to surprise the eyes.
- Coffee with a friend I haven’t seen since last year. So nice getting caught up on our news.
- Being encouraged by my doctor to walk outside and not worry about any aerobic attempts, just walk, stopping as needed to deal with pain.
- The “pre-spring” we are experiencing, mild days, and soft rain.
- The brilliance of the blue sky in between gray rain clouds.
- The support of my labor union.
- The support of a handful of friends who believe in me.
- A beautifully fresh champagne mango. Yummm.
- Getting outside with my camera, which I haven’t done for a while.
- Open windows and fresh air.
Hoping you have a lovely week.
Namaste. Peace. Blessings.
Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch