Don’t Make a Big Canzone

March 30th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Yes, folks, this is another one of those cherished Italian words I wrote about on January 11 – “canzone”. No I’m not referring to a calzone – the recipe I posted on January 26 but a cunzone. I’m not sure if I’m spelling it right because spell-check doesn’t have a clue about what I’m trying to say here. Is there an Italian dialect dictionary to check?? I really don’t know.

What it means is “don’t make a big deal”. So very basic yet so profound. How much energy do we all spend fretting about the silliest things? Did you see how she looked at me when she entered the room? When’s that dang traffic light gonna change? My boss didn’t say “good morning” when she arrived today, I think she’s mad at me? My kid wants to spend so much time with his friends and less with me, perhaps he doesn’t love me anymore. And the list goes on and on and on, like an Olympic sport without a medal. Time!

I’ve been mentoring a bright dietitian-to-be lately and the last time we met we went over case studies for interviewing. In this one scenario I posed to her, she provided a very detailed answer that began with “….well first of all, I’d give the doctor the benefit of the doubt….” The benefit of the doubt, I thought, then I began to hear angels singing. I know there’s a song that says “what the world needs now is love sweet love”, which is true, but I think we could use this “giving the benefit of the doubt” thing too in spades, don’t you think? It’s so important, in fact, that I think God should make an 11th Commandment saying “Thou shalt give thy brother and sister the benefit of the doubt”. Amen!!

How often are we judging what people do, what they wear, where they travel, how they spend their leisure time, where they go for dinner and who they hang with? Ya I know I’ve done my fair share of writing funny stories about what I observe, but I too can learn a thing or two from moi.

So everybody, let’s think the next time we’re going to make a big canzone about anything and give one another the benefit of the doubt.

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