Sunday, August 4, 2013

Difficile Far Niente

Most people are familiar with the phrase "Dolce Far Niente" which means "pleasant idleness" or literally "sweet doing nothing." After a particularly hectic day, I'll say to myself, or even out loud to my family (the more damning option), "Tomorrow I'm going to take it easy. Not going to do a thing!" Before lunchtime I'll catch myself scrubbing down the kitchen sink or cleaning out science experiments from the fridge. Wait! I was going to relax today. What happened? I need to change the saying to "Dolce Far Meno" (sweet doing less). It's far more accurate and I won't feel guilty when I slip into old habits.

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