Sometimes as a teacher I feel a bit like a piece of elastic - I feel I am being stretched all the time and even when I feel there is nothing left to give, usually I can manage to stretch a little more. However I also know that it's possible to stretch too far - I have seen colleagues who have become "burnt out" as a result of taking on too much. The secret is to stretch and grow, but not break - and that is why it is necessary to have our holidays. They are a time to relax back into ourselves again and to reflect on what we have accomplished.
This week I've been in Spain. I didn't take my computer. I didn't use my phone to access my email as I wanted to have a complete break from work, but I did do lots of thinking about how far I have come this school year in my new job. For me, it has been a good experience to look back for a change, instead of always looking forward.
Photo Credit: Colorful Rubber Bands by Tanakawho