Dolce far niente – The sweetness of doing nothing

Letting you go takes you where you need to be

Lunch by Laura McGuire @Loulouchilds

The Italian siesta is contrary to what most people think, Italians do not nap for three hours! The doors are closed to go home, cook, and spend time to eat with family, and loved ones. A glass of wine with lunch always sets the tone for a leisurely afternoon. More modern residents enjoy their break at a local hotspot, relishing their break.

You do something for you, yes, in the middle of the day. If someone has a problem with that, it’s theirs.

We have to let go of the guilt of not planning, producing and consuming. While this may be cultural, I think people around the world experience the pressure to measure the success of their day by what they’ve accomplished. If that is the case for you, it’s time for a new measuring system. Instead of the number of appointments you’ve made, rooms you’ve cleaned, miles driven or shopping accomplished, try measuring your day by the number of times you smiled about nothing, watched the grass grow, or measure success by how long it took you to linger over dinner.

At first doing nothing is hard work. Imagine how stressful the first few days of a vacation can be as you decompress, and let go of work, and real life. Now image the last few days of a vacation. You can’t remember what had stressed you out, your muscles are loose and you could lay in a hammock all day.

The little things do and the seconds we take help us have happier, healthier lives.