The Italians have a saying: “il dolce far niente.”
Translated, it means, “the sweetness of doing nothing.”
The Italians have mastered this. We need to adopt it into our lives.
Most people (particularly Americans) work hard all week. During a 40-hour, sometimes 60-to-80-hour work week, they grab a fast food meal on their way home, plop down in front of the television, see a commercial advertising beer and fancy gadgets, go out and buy said beer and gadgets, go back home thinking they’re happy, plop down in front of the television with the beer, and before you know it, the week is over, the weekend isn’t much different, and the 40-hour work week starts all over again. We rush, work, rush, meet, rush, work, meet, and rush to do everything and consume everything because we are told by countless sources that material things and a busy schedule make us happy. We believe we need more to be happy.
The truth is far from that.
We need less. We might need nothing.
How often do you think to yourself, “man, I need a vacation”?
Well, give yourself that vacation! A mini-vacation, at least.
Wake up an extra twenty minutes tomorrow morning or set aside twenty minutes in your evening for yourself. Sunrise and sunset are good times. Go to the nearest park or sit on your patio (or chair by the window, or floor) and do nothing for those twenty minutes. Don’t glance at your phone. Ignore the computer. Leave the television untouched. Just sit. Breathe. Enjoy the fresh air. Relish the morning light. Watch the birds and squirrels. Value the silence. Do nothing.
Then come back later and tell me how you felt.
Do it tomorrow. And the next day. And so forth. Do it longer than twenty minutes if you want. You will find time, and you will feel refreshed.