The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

Getting back to the original purpose of Tuesday posts…words of wisdom.  I came upon this quote while watching Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts.  I thought the movie was pretty good (I often prefer the book…especially when the movie is based on the book), but I couldn’t get this quote out of my mind:

“Dolce far Niente”

In Italian, this gem of a saying means, “the sweetness of doing nothing.”  I love this.  I took an intercultural communications class in college and we had a guest speaker from Africa come in and talk about African culture and how it differs from “American” culture.  He stared at us for a few minutes and then simply said, “Americans have watches…but we have time.”

In a culture that’s so fast-paced and goal-oriented, we often forget to stop and acknowledge what’s really important:  love, family, friends, food, prayer, faith, our souls.

My goal for this year is to embrace “dolce far niente” and really savor every moment.  I want to learn to enjoy doing nothing instead of feeling guilty about relaxing.  I want to learn how to turn off my brain when I’m trying to sleep.  I want to eat good food and make time for those I love.  This is it, guys…one chance to live your life.  As my main man, Sinatra, would say:  “I’m gonna live till I die.”

Amen.

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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