Monday 6 September 2010

Importance of sabbatical

One of the seven ceiling frescoes painted by B...Image via Wikipedia
As you saw, I stopped blogging for 2 months. It was not intentional, but it was natural. I actually stoped doing anything. Went for a vacation in the beginning of July and just stayed there (with a brief one day trip to London, where I bought my Ipad and loaded it with Kindle books :). And it felt good. I'm recharged and ready to do new things. During my prolonged vacation I managed to read a lot, and more importantly started a few new things.

In fact I took an unplanned sabbatical. Etymologically, according to Wikipedia, sabbatical comes from from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat. Interestingly in all languages it means ceasing. And that what I did. I simply stopped.

Somewhere between a reading in the shade and evening BBQ I remembered TED lecture by Stefan Sagmaister. Check it out:

I consider myself fortunate to be able to do that. I did that once 9 years ago and now I did it again. I strongly encourage everyone if they can to do it. It's simply something we all need.

Enhanced by Zemanta


Unknown said...

I'm curious, did you totally get off the grid? Like no email, texting, tweeting, etc?

Ales Spetic said...

Nope, just been totally pasive. With my IPAD:)