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If there were a list of all the stuff you want, want to do, or dream of, how long would that list be?
Would it begin with something you have already achieved?
Would it end with “die with a smile on my face?”
Where would this list take you?  To the ends of the Earth, or to the deepest reaches of a man’s soul where courage and introspect reside?
When I look at the men and women who have accomplished great feats and have seen
magnificent things, I wonder what makes them different than me?
They are in better shape, no doubt…well, not exactly.
They have money; you must to have money to realize dreams, right?  No.
Then it has to be someone who has no desire to have a family or live the American dream, right?  Not in the least.
The difference between one like me and those merry souls who have seen the dark and lived to tell the light is a pen, a calendar, and a map.
They just do it.  They plan it.  They make it happen.  They put it on paper and take the necessary steps to achieve it.
So you want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro…then put it on the calendar!  You want to meet the Dalai Lama?  Then put the pieces together to do it.  You want to hike across the border of Pakistan and Iraq, you may be insane.
The only difference between those whose life we desire and those who lead lives of quiet desperation is ACTION.
I suspect it all comes back to desire.  Do we desire adventure more than we desire other things, such as comfort and convenience?  I can give you comfort and convenience, just stop by Best Buy and hit the Lazy boy showroom on the way home.  I have convenience. I can access the Internet from my blue ray player.  The reality is desire must exist.  It is the single most important trait a man can have.  First, a desire for the one True and Living God.  Second a desire for others.  Last, the desire to improve himself to the honor and glory of God.
What could you do with a pen, a calendar, and a map?
What will you do?

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Feed the Wolf 

An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.  One is EVIL.  It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, and lies.  It is pride and ego.  The other is GOOD.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, encouragement, kindness, and empathy.  It is truth and humility.”

 

The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

 

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

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-unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.

-never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion

-unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction

Have you ever been restless?  What caused you to be restless?  

Maybe it was a cancer diagnosis.  

Maybe it was a spouse getting a little too close to the word “divorce.”  

Maybe you hate your job.

Maybe you have no job.

Maybe it kept you up at night.  

Maybe you ate a little healthier.  

Maybe you began exercising.  

Maybe you began to pray.

Being restless is not necessarily a negative adjective.  

Restlessness is a catalyst for change.  

Restlessness caused the Puritans to set sail for America.  Restlessness brought on the Civil Rights Movement.   Restlessness invented the iPad.  Restlessness sparked the Reformation.

What are you restless about today?  What can you change about yourself to invoke a revolution?

Seek out something to be restless about.  If you cease to be restless, you cease improving yourself and others.

What are you restless about right now?

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