Taking a Break to Focus: Sometimes We Need All Need to Take a Break

The last few weeks have been very difficult. While I'm not going to go into the reasons, it has been a combination of personal and professional stress in many ways for me. So, as I started thinking about the need I have for a “spring break,” I realized that sometimes it is important to stop things to focus.

Part of what I'm working on is a ladies Bible Study on excellence. The study has me focusing on the book of Daniel. The man, Daniel, had an “excellent spirit.” Well, near the end of the book, he had a perplexing problem and stepped down from his leadership post as second in the kingdom to focus on that one issue.

So, I guess it is somewhat poetic that I would call a stop to focus on understanding Daniel and excellence.

I don't usually stop for anything but right now it is necessary. I need to focus and make sure that the work I do is grounded, accurate and excellent. I cannot teach about excellence and not be anything but that.

Sometimes excellence requires dropping things and focusing on that one thing. So, here I go.

This post is day 73 of 80 days of excellence. I've created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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David Smith March 27, 2018 - 7:14 am

True and insightful great spiritual application. Thanks.

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Deb March 28, 2018 - 9:59 am

I have really enjoyed your posts in this series. i have forwarded a number on to colleagues and we have had great discussions. I can tell that they are shared from your heart and that makes the impact greater.

Taking a break is great modeling We all need to choose when to do it, to take care of ourselves and to know that the good work will be there when we choose to return

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