If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
Lately I have been feeling restless. Things have been a bit hectic at work, one of my daughters struggles with transitions, so the beginning of the school year is always a month or two of weathering the transition until all feels routine. There is nothing terribly wrong, it is just as though life is not flowing with the ease or joy that I would like it to. We all have these moments. When we are lucky, they are fleeting and quickly replaced with joy and satisfaction.
I was encouraged when I found the Edison and Hubert quotes on restlessness, as I realized that they are right. If we are not restless, then there is nothing to motivate us to change our environment or circumstance. Restlessness can act as a motivator that propels us to make new decisions, take on new projects, or even move to a new city/ country/ etc. This can be incredibly scary, but also incredibly freeing and rewarding.
One way I have coped with restlessness in the past is to write in a journal – I try to look at the reasons I am restless and the possible solutions that will enable me to feel calmer and more at east. Often when I do this I realize that the feelings are more manageable than I had thought – it becomes less overwhelming.
I also give myself permission to pursue opportunities that interest me and make changes that I can (however small) and I strive to remind myself to focus on the important issues in my life and to not get drug down by the smaller burdens.
Today, 167 days ’til 40, I remind myself to “not sweat the small stuff”. Life is too short to worry or complain it away – if I am restless it is better to create a plan to rectify the situation then stew in the frustration of it all.