Dolce far niente–the sweetness of doing nothing.
I decided to take a break from my perfectionism series to practice a bit of what I preach. Have you seen the movie, Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts? There’s a great scene when she’s in Italy–actually a couple of great scenes that I’m referring to. First, she’s sitting by herself, outside, at a restaurant and orders spaghetti and red wine. To wonderful music, she has a love affair with her spaghetti.
Fast forward to visiting with her friends in a barber shop when she learns a new phrase–“dolce far niente,” the sweetness of doing nothing. “The Italians are masters of it.” And we Americans–well, we Americans–we don’t know “jack” about it.
So, I was in Chicago this week for work. The conference was over at noon and my plane didn’t leave O’Hare until 5:15, so I had time to walk a bit and have a nice lunch.
I sat in an outside bistro, with a glass of red wine and a plate of spaghetti (gluten free, of course) and had my dolce far niente moment. I think the Italians are onto something. 🙂