Sabbatical.

sabbatical-mug-300x260I have understood the term to mean a break from one’s usual activities. Often people take sabbaticals to do something else other than what they normally do.

If that is the definition keeping in mind which I have to write this post, I am afraid that I have to disappoint my readers. I have never had a sabbatical in my life nor do I see any possibility of taking one ever in the future.

If however the definition is to mean that one takes a rest from what one normally does, I have been on a sabbatical for the past fifteen years. This would mean of course that normal activity would imply working at something to make a living. Since I have not that for such a long time, I can safely say that I am on a permanent sabbatical.

How fortunate!

On the other hand, we have in India a national leader who is currently on a sabbatical leading to much speculation and merriment in the country. I somehow do not think that he is fortunate.

This topic was suggested by The Old Fossil who oddly enough has been on a sabbatical from LBC posts, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently eight of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, PadmumShackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

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31 Responses to Sabbatical.

  1. Andy and I have been on sabbatical for over 21 years. We love it!
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  2. Grannymar says:

    Sabbatical leave is a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.

    Since on average, I stayed only three years in any job before moving, a sabbatical never played a part in my life. Nowadays I prefer to live in the moment and keep myself busy.
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  3. Ursula says:

    Don’t be such a purist, Grannymar. These days sabbatical has come to mean setting off into the sunset to find yourself.

    Even God indulged in a sabbatical when he should have done overtime. And never returned to finish the job. Bloody disgrace. Talk about leading by example.

    What you want to do is go AWOL (absent without leave). It adds drama of your absence. Particularly when followed by fourty days in the desert.

    Unlike you, my dear Ramana, and your elevated circle of commentators breathing the rarefied air of sensible forward planning and comfortable retirement II shall never surrender. Blood, sweat and tears till I drop. Not wishing to take away from paraphrasing Churchill: I like growing my own carrots (admittedly and on dire occasions, with a little help from my friends, strangers and, a few times, totally unlikely sources).

    U
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    • Believe me Ursula, my retirement just happened. I did not plan for anything. All the planning was done automatically by my employers who in turn had no choice and they employed me because I was in the right place at the right time. I don’t take credit at all for my current comfortable status. It is absolutely miraculous!

  4. shackman says:

    Vision quest sounds more manly! 🙂
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  5. Cathy in NZ says:

    I think sabbatical has been sent to the archives and we use it more in a joking format, other than the professional in whatever industry that they believe they are in…

    I prefer to say “leave of absence” which is what I currently doing from my University graduate diploma I am taking and I’m doing something else that is preferable for me right now…

  6. Looney says:

    Sabbatical derives from the Hebrew word for seven, sheba (pronounced sheva, which is distinct from Shiva). In the blogging world a Sabbatical is when we neglect to comment on every seventh post.
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  7. nick says:

    I’ve never had a sabbatical in my life, unless you count two long periods of unemployment. But they hardly felt like a sabbatical, more like a personal failure. I’ve no idea when I shall start my retirement “sabbatical”. I’m still working and enjoying it immensely so who knows when I’ll finally down tools?
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  8. Maxi says:

    Oops, that’s me … on sabbatical. Still, it’s one of no choice. I must take care of the house and property and cannot afford to pay others.
    blessings ~ maxi
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    • In retrospect, the enforced ones are the ones most enjoyable. In my case too, my sabbatical was enforced because of my late wife’s illness but I never regretted that development.

  9. I’ve never had the sort of job where a sabbatical was allowed. In fact, it’s hard for me to take more than a couple of weeks off at a time because of the disruption to my patients. That will have to wait for retirement, I suppose.
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    • Yes, when you are in the kind of profession that you are in, it would be difficult. But you do get away so often and do things that are so adventurous.

  10. Mother says:

    What I try to remember in this sabbatical life of mine – is to do something new and different now and then. No sense a sabbatical being a busman’s holiday!
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