In Italy there is a saying, "dolce far niente." Time expands if we let it. When we take the time to really slow down and be present to what is, time becomes irrelevant, and we notice what is right before us. Yesterday I was taking a walk with my daughter and she noticed a big slug on the sidewalk in front of us. I had not even seen it. I had a to do list, go to the airport, grocery store, make the movie by 7:25. We all know how to do this, to be in our heads, and not in the world around us and present with others.
I was sitting in a cafe when I took this video, doing nothing, watching people, enjoying the music, and I made contact with this musician, and we laughed. I will always remember this moment, because I had nothing to do, nowhere to be, no agenda. I recently learned that my brother-in-law wanted to be a flaneur, French for lounger. idler-or someone who sits in
cafes all day. I think I want to be a flaneur too, and enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing.