By: Revanche

A breath of fresh air

November 9, 2008

Having spent the better part of morning reading a series of rather depressing NY Times articles, I finally found one that was heartening: Barbara Raab’s “Need to Take a Breather? Have a Game Plan” breaks down the important steps to take in order to secure a sabbatical that won’t sink your career and leave you twitching with regrets, and not so incidentally, unemployed.

Balancing on the precipice of a major change for the past several months, or at least preparing to take the plunge while keeping mum about it, has produced much the same jangling nerves she experienced:

Every little thing was on my nerves: every buzz of a BlackBerry, every too-loud ring of a phone. I was going home exhausted for all the wrong reasons. I have never been easy to manage, but I was becoming downright hard to take.

Yep! I keep it bottled up for the most part, but the tensions physically manifest themselves in knotted shoulders, an aching neck, a brilliantly spectacular headache at 9:30 every morning. As my dentist pronounced after a thorough exam: You need a vacation!

Or a sabbatical. I like the idea of taking time off, but I love the idea of taking a significant break that’s not just R&R, but is also a time of refreshing, learning and improving. If only I could keep my health insurance like she did …..

What about you? Would you embrace a sabbatical if the circumstances were right? What would those circumstances be?

The other articles I read:

On Healthcare, Deported in a Coma, Saved Back in U.S.
On the World Economy, Stunned Icelanders Struggle After Economy’s Fall
On the US Economy, Working Poor and Young Hit Hard in Downturn
On the Business Plan of a new Country Performer, My Music, MySpace, My Life (Actually, not depressing)
On a Different Perspective into PayDay Loans, Check Cashers, Redeemed

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