While some may just chose to continue their lives of quiet desperation, or ordinary mediocrity, I intend to live intentionally on the path of gratitude and frequently surprised wonder!  This Leap Day we are rewarded with an extra opportunity, an extraordinany opportunity, to make yet another free choice to really live our lives.  By choice I mean that at the end of this day we can either be one of two things:  more grateful and happy, or just the same.  You see, many things will happen to you today that you have no control over.  Perhaps you will have the chance meeting with your “soul mate” who is disguised temporarily as a stranger. (It has happened to me!)  Just the same… you may have a chance meeting with a text-messenging/multi-tasking driver of a fast car that for a second loses touch with their direction in life and comes crashing full speed into you, changing your direction and your life…forever.  Many more will unknowingly survive today with little change in their lives…no more joy, or less joy, than they experienced yesterday.  No more or less understanding that today…this very day…they had numerous opportunities wasted to love someone deeper…to smile at someone…to compliment someone…to give an unexpected hug to someone…to simply tell God ‘thanks’…

I have grown convinced that some people experience life at a “higher level” than others…at a better, greater level.  Not dependent on socio-economic standing, some people “just get it”.  The light bulb flashes on us and we become more aware of the gift of this day and this life.  The ‘rat race’ culture dies for us.  Our needs shift.  We value relationships much more than ever before.  We simply, yet extraordinarily, find ourselves living on a higher level.  I truly believe that anyone can leap to the higher level.  Today IS a new day…a special day…make the LEAP!

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