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New year, new you – Italian style January 19, 2011

Posted by Julie in Thoughtful Ramblings.
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For most of us the start of a new year brings attempts to try to do more. I know I have a ridiculous list of things I want to accomplish beyond just what has to get done. (It’ll all happen – not!)  But I recently rediscovered one of my favorite phrases languishing in a corner of my brain and I thought I would stop and dust it off for all of us.

Dolce far niente is an Italian phrase which literally means: “sweet doing nothing.”   For me this means a restorative kind of pleasant, carefree idleness.

I know, words of heresy in our perpetual motion society, but doesn’t it sound nice? When’s the last time you stared out the window at the snow falling, or laid on a summer blanket of grass just looking up at the clouds? <sigh>

I wish you success with your goals and resolutions and hope you also have moments of  “dolce far niente.”

— Julie

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