Sunday, 15 January 2012

Il Dolce Far Niente

This old Italian expression translates to “the sweetness of doing nothing” or "Delicious idleness". Sheer indulgent relaxation and blissful laziness, being deliciously idle. This expression was somewhat rekindled recently by the book (& later the movie) Eat, Pray, Love.

For me, this saying is not necessarily just about literally “doing nothing”, it is more about doing something for nothing more than the pleasure of doing it. Not for a particular outcome or purpose. Simply because it feels good and it offers some moments of peace, happiness and contentment.
In these times of doing and achieving it is so easy to be driven by the need to find purpose in everything we do.  There is this mindset that if we are not accomplishing something we are wasting time or that we should be spending our time differently, more productively.
Il Dolce far Niente is an attitude, a state of mind where we can let go of all these expectations and just allow ourselves to enjoy the simple things that life has to offer. Be free to do the things we love just for the sheer bliss of it.

Simply enjoy life and ‘be’ in the moment.

Art:- Il Dolce far Niente

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