This Monday morning, for many teachers, is the first day of 2016-17 prep. (not, as some call it “Summer Break”)

If you’re like me, you want to get right to it with a stack of octavos at the piano, your favorite calendar software open, and an email to students reminding them not to forget to practice over the summer.

But take a moment first. Take an hour. Take two.

Breathe. Look at the world around you, appreciate the marathon you’ve just finished. You’re going to start another almost immediately–and that’s great–but don’t forget to catch your breath before you do.

Breathe in your successes and failures. Breathe in your family, your home, your passion.

Breathe in your amazing, beautiful, precious life.