I am restless by nature – I have to keep moving forward. To stop learning and progressing is (for me) something unthinkable – a sort of death.
To this point, after too many days of doing the same thing over and over again, a question begins to take hold of me:
It hovers in the background of my every thought and manifests itself in every action; first subtly and then insistently – incessantly – its presence becomes so heavy that I am compelled to answer.
____ is what’s next. Do this so you can do that. The next step lies here.
In many ways the need to answer this question has been my life’s guide; if I go without an answer for too long the question grows so untenably loud and urgent that it cannot be ignored: This is how I typically know when it’s time to do something else.
…And yet my need to answer this ultimate question is counter-weighted by the knowledge that few things in life are certain, and that good things often take time. Ergo, sometimes – when the future is cloudy and the length of the road ahead unclear – I discover that to find a sense of self-clarity and purpose (i.e. my center) I must focus not on what I need to become next, but instead on who and what I fundamentally already am.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that it is good to be restless – one should always be focused on what’s next; and yet sometimes we can grow in incredible ways simply by standing still and taking stock of ourselves.
As always, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
If you have questions about something you’ve read here (or simply want to connect) you can reach me at any of the following addresses:
SomethingDifferentHR@gmail.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org