The Italians have a phrase that is “Il dolce far niente – the sweetness of doing nothing” We’re so busy rushing from one place to the next that every now and then it’s nice, even necessary, to just check out for a little while.
I had a ton of stuff to do and my head was filled with “I should do x y and z.” Unfortunately there was also a nagging pain in my forehead and all I really wanted to do was nothing. I haven’t had a quiet day since the storm last week. It’s all been go go go since then and my body is starting to rebel.
I am achy, I feel a cold coming on and I know I just need time to chill out. So rather than doing all the pressing things that need my attention I’m taking a little me time. I played a mindless game of spider solitaire and then I napped. There is something decadent about taking a nap in the middle of the day, when I should be at my most productive.
I knew that I’d be more productive after a nap. Work is easier when you feel refreshed. Things look brighter when you’re rested. It’s a quick inexpensive way to regroup and rejuvenate, no travel necessary.
What is the way you disengage and just relax? Post your comment, I’d love to know.