My Salute to the Restless

Should we discuss IQ? It seems to be a sensitive subject to some. A while back, during a casual chat on social media, I got into a discussion about intelligence. Bad move on my part. No cookies for me! A teacher mentioned that she noticed her lower IQ’d students sat quietly and didn’t run around crazily like the higher IQ students. Exit Janet from the scene.

Sitting still is not a quality that I either encourage or discourage. Sitting still is not the goal. It has its moments. To do it for me, yes. I learn and listen in silence. In stillness, I can go inside and find the truth I need. It gives the moment to think about what I want to do for the day, to plan, to daydream, to think even about where something went wrong in the past. Where did I get off track? What did I really want? Can I fix it? Should I fix it?

I never was a popular kid in class. 

– Nathan Myhrvold

At some point, I have to end these Facebook debates because Facebook is not the place, and hijacking a friend’s post to make a point is just plain rude. I can grandstand and soapbox here, on my blog, all day long. And if it bores anyone they can move on. It’s fair that way.

I raise my glass to the restless ones. To those that can’t sit still. What keeps them going? Money? Guts? Audacity? What keeps you going? Here are a few of my favorites, but there are so many more inspiring people, restless people. Please leave yours in the comments. I’d love to hear who you think should be honored.

31 Most Inspiring Women – Women Who Changed the World

Quite honestly I’d love for someone to stroke my ego all day and listen to me spout my poetry or listen to me boast. If I was never booed or hissed or disagreed with, I might think I was the most brilliant orator in the world. As I have mentioned in an earlier post, Living With Brothers, if all the people in the audience were mothers, we would never come to the truth of ourselves. The real world teaches us that our breath stinks sometimes and that we have to speak up to be heard. We also learn that if we want something desperately enough then we might have to elbow our way to the front. No one in their right mind is going to pay you for something they can get free.

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  1. Since you read my blog, you already know what I think of that teacher’s black and white comment – so I won’t pontificate here. “Exiting” appropriate, IMHO!

    I have to agree with your comment about FaceBook. I can *rarely* justify the time to go there anymore. There is just too much “here’s what I’m doing/eating/visiting right now” endless chatter, mindless for the most part (except for the political debates that tend to get nasty – which pisses me off and isn’t great for my mood and thinking for the remainder of the day).

    I do enjoy the quotes, but Pinterest does it better and faster, IMHO – and I can find things again when I want them (which I can NEVER do on FB).

    Already pinned your opening graphic to my Women Warriors board on Pinterest, btw. – and will try to pin your closing graphic/link to More Than Hanging In (as you probably already know, it automatically links here with a single click.)

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • When I started going on Facebook, it was to catch up with friends from high school. But now it seems to be more of a time waste so I keep trying to set limits for myself. Trying being the keyword.

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      • lol re: “trying” – which is the biggest reason I simply can’t start. Facebook’s format is designed to encourage hyperfocus (and zombie hypnosis) – and I am waaaay too far behind to justify a trip to FB these days.

        I, too, value it primarily as a way to keep up with friends (vs. FB “friends”) – but every time I go there I find it more and more difficult to sift through the posts to read OR respond to the ones I want.

        And NOW it has become marketing purgatory.

        I really don’t get what they’re trying to do with the direction they’re going — so I’ve stopped trying (and visiting – lol).

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  2. I hadn’t realised that Anita Roddick had passed away and relatively young. I have worked in the past with our local health service to reduce stigma against those living with HIV/AIDS and Hep C.
    I enjoyed and related to your post. Both my kids are very restless, my youngest particularly and her mind moves very quickly. Has a fast processing speed in the gifted range. Can’t even sit still for a meal. Trouble is she expects my brain to move just as fast and it don’t. xx Rowena

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