It’s funny how most words about taking a break from something often have negative connotations. Respite, a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. Reprieve, to cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially someone condemned to death. Break and recess both mean to be temporarily suspended. Even rest, an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity, holds this idea that there needs to something difficult or stressful happening that requires some pause to recuperate. Vacation implies physically moving away from something or somewhere.

I tend to prefer intermission: a pause or break or an interval between parts of a play, movie, or concert. It doesn’t imply the break is needed for anything another that a moment to stretch and refresh. That said, my daily routine will be taking an intermission until January 7th. Well wishes to all through the holiday season and the new year!

With gratitude,



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Aspiring Stoic and Doting Father

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