Restless and discontentment : A Place of Progress!


Thomas Edison

Is restlessness and discontentment always a bad thing?

According to Thomas Edison, it was the creative fuel that kept him trying new things.

He had an endless curiosity, even as a small child. When he finally learned to speak at age four, his favorite question to ask adults was” Why? “.

Thomas Edison’s life was full of ups and downs. On his road to success, he encountered restlessness.

His restlessness and discontent lead him to new discovery and invention.

This story was found on a Edison Biography website:

“Deeply in debt and about to be fired by Western Union for “not concentrating on his primary responsibilities and doing too much moonlighting,” Edison now borrowed $35.00 from his fellow telegrapher and “night owl” pal, Benjamin Bredding, to purchase a steamship ticket to the “more commercially oriented city of New York.”

During the third week after arriving in “the big apple” Tom  was purportedly “on the verge of starving to death.” At this precipitous juncture, one of the most amazing coincidences in the annals of technological history now began to unfold.  Immediately after having begged a cup of tea from a street vendor, Tom began to meander through some of the offices in New |York’s financial district. Observing that the manager of  a local brokerage firm was in a panic, he eventually determined that  a critically important stock-ticker in his office had just broken down….

    Noting that no one in the crowd that had gathered around the defective machine seemed to have a clue on how to fix it, he elbowed his way into the scene and grasped a momentary opportunity to have a go at addressing what was wrong himself…. Luckily, since he had been sleeping in the basement of the building for a few days – and doing quite a bit of snooping around – he already had a pretty good idea of what the device was supposed to do.

After spending  a few seconds confirming exactly how the stock ticker was intended to work in the first place, Tom reached down and manipulated a loose spring back to where it belonged.  To everyone’s amazement, except Tom’s, the device began to run perfectly.

The office manager was so ecstatic, he made an on-the-spot decision to hire Edison to make all such repairs for the busy company for a salary of $300.00 per month…. This was not only more than what his pal Benjamin Bredding was making back in Boston but twice the going rate for a top electrician in New York City. Later in life, Edison recalled that the incident was more euphoric than anything he ever experienced in his life because it made him feel as though he had been “suddenly delivered out of abject poverty and into prosperity.”

I am learning to rest in my restlessness because :

Restlessness and discontent can be the birth place of new discovery in our lives.

Maybe the feeling of restlessness in your heart is about to reveal an unexpected opportunity –

The story of Thomas Edison helps shed a little light on the fact that restlessness can reveal rewards!




Do you feel Restless ? The ugly little word guaranteed to make you feel uneasy

Are you feeling a little restless right now?



  • unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.
  • synonyms: uneasy, ill at ease, restive, fidgety, edgy, on edge, tense, worked up, nervous, agitated, anxious, on tenterhooks, keyed up; More
  • offering no physical or emotional rest; involving constant activity or motion.


Does this describe a few feelings in your heart?


Shaken with the meaningless and mundane?

Too much routine and not enough rest?

I feel the same way right now.

Ive been traveling all around this summer and seeing my beautiful friends. Most of them are lifetime friends that I can never replace. When I visit, their lives seem to be rich and full of friendships. Every time I return home, I feel as though my life is not what it should be. I return to my home feeling alone and isolated.

I should live closer to these friends…

My husband Should get another job

I should not be feeling so restless and should be grateful !


The first cause of my restless heart is an ugly word called should! Click To Tweet

Have you been should “ing” on yourself?

In an article from Psychology Today, author Susan Heitler explains:

Should sometimes gives good guidance.  More often it just sets unrealistic expectations, induces guilt, and decreases your desire to do what you otherwise might want to do.

A backwards-looking should also can be problematic blocking learning.

This word can cause the strongest heart to rest- less and worry more .

Inserting the word “should” makes a judgment on your life. It invalidates what you have and implies your life needs to be different in some way.

Have you been should ing on yourself too?

Is there a situation that is really bothering you?

One Quick Solution: change the sh to a c! 

Another point from the article stated:

Eliminating shoulds toward yourself will enable you to stay personally empowered.

Eliminating shoulds directed toward others will block the inappropriate sense of entitlement that provokes anger in both you and in others.

By contrast, using the words could and would like to sustain personal well-being and positive relationships.

Change the word Should to Could or even Would> This changes your perspective! Click To Tweet

Take that stinky little word and toss it right on out! It’s a good sign that your mind is not open to alternative ways to feel in your given situation.

Today – Just make one simple word change to help you stress less and rest more!

Life requires a lot of flexible thinking and choices.

I ” should” know that by now…..( just kidding)