The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

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.