The Italians have a saying, "dolce far niente," which translates to,
"the sweetness of doing nothing."
Doing nothing has become a task on our to-do list in the US.
When we do have idle time, we seem to look at our phones.
I saw something on Facebook, a photograph of a sign that said:
"Who is going somewhere exciting this weekend to look at their phone?"
I am guilty of a version of this, for sure.
In many other cultures being is valued more than doing. Families cook together,
dine together, sit at their tables into the evening and talk together. Siting on a park bench or in a cafe is the norm, rather than a luxury.
As deep summer rolls in, it's a good time to unplug for a bit. Go outside and listen, look, and just be. "Dolce far niente."
7/9/2015 11:59:44 am
so true. with Gretchen living on a catamaran in the carribean for the next 10 days, I especially appreciate the value of being unplugged and have been rewarded with rainbows and magnificent cloud formations and sparkling starts to soak in, breathing deeper sometimes to ward away the tears that also come from the fear in having let her go so far so young...
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