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One Year + One Day + One Second

Has this year seemed a little longer than normal to you?

If you have felt that way, you are correct.  This has been the longest year we have experienced in a while.

2012 is a leap year so we had an extra day added on in February.

We also experienced a leap second in June.

On June 30th, just before midnight, highly trained people at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) snuck a whole second into the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

I thought I was having trouble sleeping Saturday night.  Come to find out, I was just in bed longer than normal since the IERS lengthened my night by a whole second!

We are not given such gifts very often.  Who knows when we will have another banner year like the world experienced 40 years ago?  Not only was 1972 a leap year but it brought us 2 leap seconds!

All of this talk about extra days and extra seconds has prompted some thinking:

  • If you had an extra day this week, what would you do with it?
  • If you had a free hour today, how would you spend it?
  • What prevents you from making the most of your time?

This post is more about grappling with questions than doling out answers.  I’d love to hear from you.  Maybe we can work out our time dilemma together.

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  • Paul Baker

    Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time.  –Jeff Haden

    Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.  –Jonathan Edwards

    I just assume to not waste time with things that do not matter.  If I limit myself to God, family, and work (hopefully in that order) then I have plenty of time.  

  • Hank Burden

    Sometimes tempus won’t fugit, eh?

    • Jason Burden

      Hey uncle Hank.  I’m trying to work through Einstein’s theroy of relativity to see how I can add a little more time to my schedule.  Evidently, if I am traveling close to the speed of light, I can actually slow down time for myself.  I’ve not made much progress on that today.  There’s alway tomorrow.  Good to hear from you.