The Importance of Rest

For the last week, the only technology I’ve used is an old flip phone for voice calls. It doesn't get internet, and can only send/receive text (not even emojis). It was nice not to feel the pull of the web and its demands. I tweeted a week ago, that there was no blogpost for the holidays. Last year, I went ahead and posted. I think I made the right choice this year. Today, I debated on whether or not to post. I decided to go ahead and do so. But this will be brief. Mainly because it feels good to be at rest, and I know that I will be back in full force next weekend.

Ahead of the break, I heard from the school administrators in the buildings I serve, tell their faculties to not assign homework over the break. These admin also asked the teachers to do their best to not bring work home. At high schools, this is a tall order, especially for those core area teachers. I recall as an English teacher bringing home papers to grade on holidays, and it wore me out just thinking about grading them. The dream was to finish ahead of break, but it always remained a dream. Even though that was the case, I took time to rest.

Now, as we head into the New Year, I can see that first day of work coming into focus. This break has been a little harder (everyone came down with some horrid germ that took a tour of the family), but it has still been a much needed break, and I will be well rested for the beginning of the new year. Hope you had the chance to rejuvenate as well.

Darren Ralston