Dolce Far Niente

Dolce Far Niente

Dolce Far Niente. Don't you hear words or phrases whose mere sound makes you want to do whatever it means?

In this case, Dolce Far Niente means the sweetness of doing nothing.

Before I say anything else, let me admit that I am anything but. I cherish my time. I cherish what I do with my time. Doing nothing has never made it to my list of favorite things to do. 

So, when I keep running into these concepts, I am always intrigued. Take any culture, the Spanish, The Bolivians, the French. They all have the concept of free time.

Time where they are doing nothing. Maybe meeting friends and having a good time. But the effort would strain to classified as anything useful.

Which brings us to the question of usefulness.

Our global culture has evolved to value hard-charging cultures where working twenty-four hours of the day is seen as productive.

Without taking names, the merchant bankers of the world, the consultants of the world or the entrepreneurs of the world.

Anyone who does not fit in is unmotivated, unproductive or lacking ambition.

But here is a strange thing. The productivity has created services where I can get a spare charger or battery in ten minutes. While it may sound amazing, think of what it does to our mind and body. 

If it is easier to purchase a new battery instead of rumaging at home for one, what do you think you would do?

If you dont have to think or innovate to find alternatives to the battery or frankly even go without, what do you think it does to our brains? 

So anyone living such a life, is working furiously to get ahead, all the while, being given solutions that addle the brain. 

So consider the sweetness of doing nothing. Dolce Far Niente as the Italians would say. It is the time that creativity and expression abound. 

It is the time when you actually grow.

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