Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dolce far Niente

Just to prove I'm smart, I thought I would throw out a little Italian for you.  (Actually, I heard that phrase on the Dick Van Dyke Show). 

Dolce far Niente

How Sweet to Do Nothing. 

Do you ever do nothing?


Sometimes doing Nothing is really doing the best thing there is.

No computer.  No phone. 

No books, no kindle, no e-reader.

No work, no laundry, no cooking, no cleaning, no school. 

No talking.


Just me and the thoughts running around in my head. 

Oftentimes praying feels like doing Nothing to me (because it's hard to stop those running thoughts). 

Watching kids at the park or at the lake sometimes feels like doing nothing (when I'm not trying to convince Greta that a piece of floating plant is NOT a baby alligator that is).

Doing Nothing is sweet. 

Everyone should spend some time every day doing Nothing.

Spend some time just being...just being with your family, just being outside, just being alone, just being in church, just being and thinking.  

Let your thoughts go where they will. 

My best thoughts come to me when I do Nothing. 

Doing Nothing recharges me

When I do Nothing, I frequently fall into praying...which is doing Something. 

Kids often look like they are doing Nothing. 

Just lying around, playing in dirt, picking up sticks.

But their minds are moving, their brains are processing and their Nothing is actually Something.

Just like my Nothing is actually Something.  The body may stop moving but the brain never does.   

Sometimes you have to do Nothing, so you know what that next Something is that you have to do. 

The Nothing Poem

When children come home at the end of the day,
The question they’re asked as they scurry to play
Is, “Tell me, what did you do today?”

And the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay
“Nothing, I did nothing today?”

Perhaps nothing means that I observed a bird’s nest,
Or counted to ten with Mrs. West.

Maybe I painted a picture of red and blue,
Or heard a story about a mouse that flew.

Maybe today was the very first time
That my scissors followed a very straight line.

Maybe I led a song from beginning to end,
Or played with a special brand new friend.

When you’re only 5 and your heart has wings,
NOTHING can mean so many things!

                             ---author unknown
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  1. We've been doing a whole lotta nothing around here lately. Today we watched a praying mantis climb a bush for about 30 minutes. Nothing is pretty much the curriculum, if anybody asks. But I generally don't say it like that. :)

  2. I love this! And it's true - I need to do nothing more often :)

  3. I love to sit and watch the clouds. It feels good to do nothing!


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