I've read that "The Italians have a concept for piddling around known as “La Dolce Far Niente,” which means the sweetness of doing nothing," and it does appear that the mourning doves who visit my rooftop garden have mastered the skill, as evidenced in the photo above this posting.
Hopefully, I will learn from these mourning doves and incorporate "La Dolce Far Niente,” into my daily routine. I was once told, by a respected career counselor that my biggest problem is that I am someone for whom a job is not started until it's finished. And I confess that her assessment of me is correct. The trait MIGHT be a good one for someone's CEO to have, however, it is not such a great personal trait.
And last Saturday when mourning doves spent hours in my garden doing nothing, I truly realized the lesson I need to learn FROM THE BIRDS! It is something Matthew writes about this concept in scripture:
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin..."
I've heard the aforementioned passage of scripture countless times, and, yet, this past Saturday, upon seeing the mourning doves, may have been the first time I realized how important it is for me to practice "La Dolce Far Niente."