I would guess that if you’ve had much time to be around me since my move to Alburnett, you’ve noticed that I’m a bit of a restless creature. I’m sure my family would agree. And maybe you’ve noticed that I’m not very good at leaving things alone – always a probing or sometimes even blunt question, a little tweak to an idea, a suggestion for improvement, or a project that I can’t wait to get started on. Some people find the restlessness exciting, but perhaps you are among those who find it a bit…well…I’ll let you fill in the adjective. I remember a day quite a few years ago when I was ‘gently nudging’ a colleague about an idea for changing instruction. Finally he said to me, “why isn’t what we do ever good enough?!” Well the important part of my communication that was obviously missing that day is also true today. We are doing good things already. I just always want to “plus something” as Randy Nelson http://tinyurl.com/4yuoex would say. Every occurrence is an opportunity to add on and make it even better. I guess that’s restlessness.
But that’s only the half of it. The truth is that I am also terrified of giving status quo too much power. I believe if you are not moving forward, you are going backwards. That space that we think is in between, the one where we’re just staying the same, does not exist. I don’t believe in change for the sake of change; I believe in change because without it we’re going backward.
So here’s the bottom line regarding restlessness on this beautiful summer Friday afternoon. The restlessness does not mean that what we’re doing right now isn’t good enough – it might be and it might not be. But it does mean that if we do it the same tomorrow, we have not adapted to the world that just change right before our eyes. Restlessness is not a bi-product of discontent. The probing questions and unending what-if’s don’t mean things are all wrong. It’s just excitement about where we’re going.