Sabbatical — Day 1

Well, I intended to write this to go up at the beginning of the day. The dry spell is over. The blog is back to daily posts.

Today’s theme, and the restart of the daily posting, is Sabbatical.  Today I began my sabbatical.

Well, it isn’t technically a sabbatical, though it has many similarities for it, especially in the way I intend to treat it.

The definitions of Sabbatical are:


Sabbatical or a sabbatical (from Hebrewshabbat (שבת) (i.e., Sabbath), in Latinsabbaticus, in Greeksabbatikos (σαββατικός), literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year. The concept of sabbatical has a source in shmita, described in several places in the Bible. For example, in Leviticus 25, there is a commandment to desist from working the fields during the seventh year. Strictly speaking, this means a sabbatical would last one year.

In recent times, “sabbatical” has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., writing a book or travelling extensively for research. Some universities and other institutional employers of scientists, physicians, and academics offer the opportunity to qualify for paid sabbatical as an employee benefit, called sabbatical leave. Some companies offer unpaid sabbatical for people wanting to take career breaks; this is a growing trend in the United Kingdom, with 20% of companies having a career break policy, and a further 10% considering introducing one.



Definition of sabbatical

1of or relating to a sabbatical year
2of or relating to the sabbath 

  • sabbatical laws

Based on these, I don’t technically have a sabbatical. My employer hasn’t offered me any leave of absence. Instead we have had an amicable separation that is predicated upon my termination of employment with them.

But it has also given me the opportunity to exercise an option to spend the next 2 months completing my master’s degree and complete my thesis. I also have resources in place to allow me up to a year to complete the search for the next job, or more accurately, the next career.

So this is going to be a time of completing a goal, getting education, resting, recovering and renewing my life.

And that started with a first day where I intended to write this blog in the morning, and didn’t get it done until the end.

But I got a little of everything done that I intended — except the master’s degree, which I will plug away on tomorrow.

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