“I’m choosing happiness over suffering. I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. ”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Do you ever feel restless? I know I do. Quite often I feel restless. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, being the restless kind can be great!
I think most feel otherwise. Being restless is not so good. What do you do with yourself? Does being restless mean you are scattered and can’t focus? Does it mean you will waste your day because you don’t know what to do first or where to begin?
I believe being restless is a good thing. For starters, it puts you in the driver’s seat and stops knee-jerk reactions. Being restless can mean you hold your own in any situation. You get to do exactly what you please.
Being restless means you are always in control of you. That’s powerful.
When chaos is all around, you can be calm.
When angry words are spoken, you can disengage and hold your tongue.
When someone is upset and needs help, you can be strong and offer comfort.
The word “Restless” typically refers to being uneasy, perpetually agitated or unable to relax.
Although that is true in instances such as sleep. When you want to sleep and it just won’t come, you toss and turn. We would refer to that as a restless night’s sleep. I’ve had many of those nights brought on mostly by unnecessary worry or staying up too late resulting in not enough hours to sleep.
Sitting in traffic can make us restless. Waiting during intermission at a concert can make us restless. Worrying can make us restless. All true instances based on the definition of restless.
BUT…. Sometimes being the restless kind can be so much more. When you feel restless it doesn’t necessarily mean you are bored or uneasy. It can mean you have many opportunities available. You get to decide what to choose. Choose something different. Choose something new. The choices are endless.
Sometimes being the restless kind means you maintain a daily routine.
Sometimes being the restless kind means you take a day and see what happens. No schedule; no have to’s or should’s; Take the day as it comes and see how you feel. What lights you up? Where do you feel like going? Who are you thinking about?
Try it one day. Be curious.
Find something to put a smile on your face. Find something that feels good.
Be restless and enjoy!