I have never taken a formal sabbatical from paid work. My work history is marked with time out to have babies (all 5 of them), taking on projects and consultancy work so that I have continued to dabble in work and family life, grabbing hold of some semblance of normality. So at the end of last year, the onset of Christmas and a long Summer break seemed like the perfect time to take a blogging sabbatical. A rest from the work of blogging, a hiatus. Well my hiatus has lasted 5 months. Honestly, I have been on the cusp of writing here again for sometime. But I want to share with you what I have learnt while taking a break from “working the fields”. I would love to know whether you have ever taken a sabbatical?
Sabbatical or a sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a hiatus, often lasting from two months to a year. The concept of sabbatical has a source in shmita, described several places in the Bible (Leviticus 25, for example, where there is a commandment to desist from working the fields in the seventh year). In the strict sense, therefore, a sabbatical lasts a year. (Reference)