il bel far niente...

otherwise known as "the Beauty of doing Nothing".

(And those are my feet, by the way.)

I have been reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and I am absolutely fascinated by her tales of travelling, eating, praying, and her search for God and herself. Like a degustation, I find myself savouring this book in tiny bite size morsels, taking my time to appreciate it, understand it. This is a book that needs to be enjoyed at leisure, not gulp down like a big mac. I am almost afraid to read too fast because then I'll come to the end too quickly.

"il bel far niente" is a wonderful Italian saying that the author introduces in the book. To do nothing and enjoy it, to savour it, to love it. How many of us are really able to do that? I think in my everyday life, these moments are extremely hard to come by. Right from the break of day, I'm constantly doing stuff - brushing my teeth, cleaning, picking clothes, putting on shoes, typing, talking, driving, listening, thinking, working, watching tv, scratching my bum, cooking, eating, drinking.....

When have I actually stopped and did absolutely nothing?

I think the closest I've came to my bel far niente moment was when Stu and I were at the Hunter Valley. There was absolutely nothing to do there except to admire the view, drink some wine, sigh, rest, close my eyes, dream? It was like time didn't matter, there was no deadline to meet, we ate when we were hungry, slept when we were tired.

So that was certainly a bel far niente experience, and I can have things my way. I want more of it, for sure.


One Response to il bel far niente...

Anastasia said...

I heard her do a talk once and she is so inspiring. Keep meaning to read her book.