Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Il Doice Far Niete

"Il doice far niete." It's Italian. (I'm not)

Perhaps that is why it struck me so profoundly in the movie, Eat, Pray, Love.

"Il doice far niete" - the sweetness of doing nothing.

I have a wonderful role model for that here at my house. She's not Italian either, but I think all cats "get" the sweetness of doing nothing. I watch her just laying there, and sometimes find myself a bit jealous. But the lifestyle and responsibilities of an indoor cat and Mom-of-two are entirely different.

Yet, because of my reaction to that phrase when I heard it for the first time, I am going to try to learn from my cat.

There is a sweetness in doing nothing. Today, she and I sat on the chair-and-a-half (for about a minute-and-a-half) and did just that. Nothing.

Tomorrow, we hope to double our time.

I suspect I will find as I do that, I will better understand - experientially - Psalm 46:10. "Be still and know that I am God." I fully expect I will find the sweetness of Him in that stillness of doing nothing.

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