“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success”
— Henry David Thoreau
I only get to do this one once every four years, so I hope you all will indulge me. You may roll your eyes, but maybe just hear me out and consider the possibilities. …
I’m carrying on the torch as it were, one of Laurie’s “brainwaves” we’ve pitched for more than 20 years — in 1996, 2000, 2004 … you get the picture. And it seems even more relevant with each passing leap year.
In times of change, we need to be open to new ideas, opportunities that will wrest success from the jaws of defeat. February 29 leaps off the 2020 calendar, offering itself up as a day we might all dare to be great.
Consider an extra day to do with whatever we might want Not just one more day in a long year of work days, February 29 could be that day when everything changes.
These days we find our communities, our whole planet, challenged by climate change. All need time and money to renew, revitalize, restore, to find a balance that meets our needs and those who will follow.
Why not then take that gift of an extra day and re-gift it? Here’s our chance to leave a living legacy for our community and help solve some global problems as well.
Busy people that we are, perhaps we’d rather donate an hour or two of our day’s wages instead? Businesses might want to tithe a portion of the day’s profit. Governments could match hour for hour, dollar for dollar, as they do when there’s a moral or ethical need to provide humanitarian aid.
This gift, an extra day, offers itself to us at a time of need. Not dire, the-sky-is-falling need, but we have been given notice and climate change is upon us. We might then want to look at the 29th day of the second month of 2020 as a time to do something.
And considering the alternative, we might want to do something significant, that our children will thank us for, that the world might come to see as a new beginning. Admittedly, that’s a lot to place on the shoulders of one day, but it’s worth a try. Isn’t it?
It’s not asking much. One day out of four years to work together, to help preserve and protect the values, rights and the many, many benefits we all enjoy as a result of the sacrifices of countless generations before us.
Climate change, although not a war, will require the same strength, determination and resources that our parents, our society and our country dedicated in the past when threatened with sudden and brutal decimation by a foreign force.
Unwittingly unleashed by ourselves, this force of nature will require just as much of our generation if we are to find peace and prosperity once again.
Each generation faces its day of reckoning. This is ours. Do we have what it takes and can we find the will to meet the challenge of our times?
And just in time, February 29th arrives.
One day, one small step and a giant leap for humankind.
Jackie Moad will be taking a quantum leap of faith on our extra day, setting in motion a plan for that 20-acre organic farm to provide local solutions to global challenges.