“Have you ever met a successful person who wasn’t restless–who was satisfied with where he or she was in life? They want new challenges. they want to get up and go…and that’s one of the reasons they’re successful.”-Alex Trebek
The word restless has many connotations and multiple derivations of it’s definition. Many of these portray this word in a negative light. It’s origins describe this word simply as “stirring constantly, desirous of action.” There is no connotation here, just description.
It is this description that represents the message here. I am often restless. Not that I can’t relax or chill out…I can. But in the bigger scheme of things, I am generally restless. I’m happy about this. Because it means I care about doing. About reaching. About creating. About becoming.
You see, to me, the opposite of restless in this sense, is complacency. This is a word, a state of being that I find absolutely abhorrent. I am prone to it just like anyone else in life. But I detest it. It is disgusting to me. The idea of being complacent when I am so far below what God intended for me, when I have so far to go to develop what God has bestowed upon me….to make a contribution. When we see life in terms of contributing, how can we become complacent? We can’t possibly out give the need.
Especially when we realize how unique God made each one of us. For a purpose. That restlessness? That’s the spirit stirring, telling you to get on with it.