A few years ago some friends caught me loitering near a downtown movie theater and talked me into seeing Eat, Pray, Love. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great. But I’ve never been able to forget this phrase.
“Dolce far Niente” –the sweetness of doing nothing.
When I’ve been sitting with my guitar, strumming mindlessly. When I drive around by myself with the radio off. In those moments of sweet nothing, little gifts begin to arrive.
Quiet thoughts otherwise overwhelmed by the drive to be productive and stay busy find footing in a resting brain. The key to creating more might be doing less.