“Il Dolce Far Niente” is one of my all time favorite quotes in Italian. In English, it translates to; “The sweetness of doing nothing”.
The reason I love this quote so much is because often times in our lives we are so rushed and often just go through the motions without taking the time to appreciate the little “nothings” within our lives. Sometimes just sitting with loved ones around a bonfire, or having a coffee or dinner with friends, are some of the best moments we’ll ever experience. Of course climbing a mountain, zip lining, jumping off a cliff, or going on a trip, are also fantastic memories made, but doing so in other ways is also just as sweet. We don’t always need to spend money to have a good time because those moments of just sitting and talking to the people who matter most to us, is what makes life so special and at the end of our lives is what we are going to remember the most. Not the movie we saw last week, or that fancy dinner we had at an expensive restaurant, we remember the time spent with friends and family and the memories we had created with them. As a young women who is part Italian, I look at my Nonno and hear stories from him about his home town back in Sicily and the memories he remembers as a child. He tells me of how they made pasta sauce by crushing tomatoes and leaving them out in wooden bins by the house for days so that the flavor could develop, he tells me how they sat with family and had afternoon meals (sausage, cheese, and bread are always present! lol), that would then lead in to an afternoon siesta (nap), I was also surprised to hear that all the stores in town even close for the afternoon because everyone has their breaks where they eat and visit family. Italians clearly have this point down pat. They are able to see the sweetness out of doing nothing, where as we feel like we constantly have to do something or live up to the way others are living around us because in our minds bigger/more is better. The whole point of me writing this post today, is that I just want to remind you that sometimes the little things in life are what matter the most. If you look at poverty in the world, those people affected by it are often times the happiest of people because they see life in its simplest of form and realize that the relationships they have with people is what is most fulfilling and what brings the most joy. They find the good out of having nothing and it just goes to show that you can have nothing and do nothing and be the happiest of people if you can learn to appreciate the little nothings we take for granted, such as holding hands, giving a hug or kiss, smiling, going grocery shopping, going for a walk, having dinner at home with loved ones, or simply sitting in silence and reading a book. I encourage you to look in to your life and see if you can open more space and time for family and for yourself. Take the time to relax, do nothing, and appreciate the things you are lucky enough to have because I always believe that at the end of the day we are going to look back at those moments spent with family and friends and those are the times that are going to matter the most. -Sierra xoxo