Whatever you are ready for is ready for you. — Reverend Ike
A Meditation: LEAP(ing) Day
U.S. Route 30 is Pennsylvania’s portion of this country’s first coast-to-coast road. The Lincoln Highway opened on Halloween in 1913, when cars like Brush Roadsters, Mighty Michigans and Bailey Electrics putt-putted on modified buggy wheels from Times Square, New York City to Lincoln Park, San Francisco.
In The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell said that the adventures we’re ready for are the ones we get. When driving Route 30 between Bedford and Somerset one February, I topped a hill, snapped a picture, took a breath and wondered: What awaits on the way through this wintry world and beyond that distant horizon? I may also have asked, What leaps must I make, ready or not?
People who find spiritual meaning in numbers [numerologists] believe that the once-in-four-year combination of 2 + 29 [February 29] offers special opportunities to “catch up in our own lives.” According to Forever Consciousness, 2 involves realizing the soul’s purpose and 11 [29 or 2+9 = 11] signifies awakening.
Whether or not the numerologist view works, why not believe some high jumps and bounds are possible on Leap Day? “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7, King James Bible. And keep in mind, the International Date Line is in New Zealand. That’s eighteen hours ahead of Pittsburgh, which allows a bit more of 2-29 for some springing.