The date is just too cool to let this day go by without thinking about its significance.
It seems that there are often important events that take place on dates that share the same number for month and day. For instance, the Allied invasion of Europe in World War II began on D-Day, 06/06 (in 1944). The Germans signed an armistice with the Allies, bringing an end to World War I, on 11/11 (in 1918). Did you know that the London Eye (formerly called the Millennium Wheel) was put into place on 10/10 (in 1999)? Or that Alaska became the 49th U.S. state on 07/07 (in 1958)?
Much rarer are significant events that take place on dates that share the same number for month, day, and year. Of course, there are only 12 such days per century. But occasionally something big does happen on such a day. Remember the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics? Those took place on 08/08/08 (21st century). The Commonwealth of Australia came into being on 01/01/01 (20th century).
I've been thinking that it might be a fun challenge to come up with some kind of goal related to this special day in history. Perhaps there's something I could commit to do between today, 10/10/10, and the next of these dates, which will be 11/11/11. That's 13 months and one day from today. I'm not very good at making (or keeping) New Year's resolutions, but maybe I could make a triple-date resolution.
Nothing to do with my diet or exercise, thank you. I don't really want to talk about that, but if you do, that's okay.
But maybe I'd like to have all the closets in my house cleaned out by 11/11/11. Or maybe I'd like to read a particular version of the Bible all the way through between now and 11/11/11. Or maybe I'd just like to promise that I'll spend a certain amount of time in prayer each day for this time. I'd love to look back at these thirteen months from the vantage point of 11/11/11 and say that I've spent more time with God in those months than ever before in my life.
What do you think? Want to join me on a triple-date journey? Is there something you'd like to accomplish over the next thirteen months, some hope you hold dear, or something you'd like to do to commemorate these days?