It cannot have escaped your notice that 2016 is a leap year. Rather than the calendar flipping from 28 February to 1 March, on Monday our calendars will be dated 29 February. Two of my friends will actually be able to celebrate their birthdays on the correct date!
Some people would argue that 29 February ought to be a public holiday as otherwise they are working for an extra day for no extra salary. Others will point out that any annual membership you have has just increased by one day: you receive an extra day’s gym membership/online subscription/gallery admission. Whatever your point of view, you can’t deny that we all have an extra day this year.
A client of mine joked that she’d like to invite an extra day – ‘I’d call it Funday and it would be between Sunday and Monday. It would be a day of no obligations at all and I could just spend it however I chose.’ This reminded me of a quotation I read by motivational speaker Michael Altshuler:
‘The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.’
Most of us have daily obligations we must meet: once those are scheduled, most of us also have at least a little free time. Like sand running through an hour-glass, that time will run out. Given that my client hasn’t managed to invent Funday, she decided that she wanted to make conscious decisions about how she wanted to use her free time: she recognised that she was its pilot.
Today’s pebble for you to mull over: are you piloting your free time or are you just a passenger?
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