Do you ever think, or say aloud, “I wish I had more time”? Well this month we all have an extra day-an extra 86,400 seconds- to do something special for ourselves and for others.
Every four years we receive this extra day (February 29th) to make up the difference between the 365-day calendar year and the actual duration of Earth’s orbit of the Sun- which is 365.2422 days. Like every day, it consists of 86,400 seconds that are rare and unique and will never exist again. I like that it is an occasion to reflect on this great life and the great people with whom we share this experience. Jim Evans said, “If you don’t think every day is a great day, try going without one.” No person can know for sure if they may be among the approximate 155,500 people for who today will be their last day.
Mitch Albom’s thoughtful novella called For One More Day explores the philosophical idea of having the luxury of spending one more day with a loved one who has passed. I read this book years ago with a box of tissues at my side, grateful for a storied reminder to be conscious of the blessings of important relationships. This story resonates because relationships are one of the essential elements that contribute to our sense of well-being and life fulfillment.
If you want to spend some time giving attention to, and reflecting on, your couple relationship, the Couple Checkup provides a great platform for you to do so. If you do not have the time for such an in depth evaluation of your relationship, take just a few moments of the “extra” day this month to discuss this question with your partner: “If you were guaranteed only one more day, how would you spend that time”?