"Il Dolce Far Niente" or "The Sweetness of Doing Nothing"

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
I couldn't meet the expectations I had for myself today.  Most, if not all of them, I had placed on myself.  I want the kids to have a great summer, but I also have a list a mile long of things I want to get done, such as go through all the things I brought over from Barbara's last week, water and weed the garden, level some pots beneath the shepherd's pole, sort through the end-of-year stacks the kids brought home week before last, and the list goes on.  More than anything, however, I wanted to get out and do some things with the kids.

Today I accomplished nothing.  I just couldn't do it.  I was so tired all day, and then I was upset with myself for being tired, which made me more tired, and the cycle continued all day long.  I was bound and determined to take the kids to the beach tomorrow, but I had to be honest with myself tonight.  I am WAY too tired to be driving 4-5 hours tomorrow.  So, we are going to compromise and go to a beach on Sauvie Island that we haven't explored before, and afterwards, we might stop to get some fresh berries at one of the local farms.  I haven't been to the beaches at Sauvie Island before, so I messaged a friend who had posted pictures at one point of being on the beach with her family.  She offered the information, but then also added that she hadn't been to the beach yet with her family this summer, and it just dawned on me . . . why do I put so much pressure on myself?

Karli at the National Arboretum in Canberra, ACT, Australia
It is so important that we listen to our bodies, our spirits, and our minds.  For whatever reason, I have been dragging the past two days (I worked all weekend), and I'm not sure why, but for whatever reason the past five weeks have caught up with me and I am flat out exhausted.  Do you ever feel that way?  Do you sometimes catch yourself wishing someone would give you permission to simply do nothing?

I am learning that doing nothing is not as easy as it sounds, especially in American culture.  We live in a high-productive, busy world, and it often seems, at least to me, that doing nothing is not doing enough.  But it is, and we all need time for doing nothing.  

(It's funny to watch this guy go on in the barber shop while the barber continues to try to cut his hair!)


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