Tension sinks us.
It weighs us down.
That is why, when we are learning how to swim, we must be told, or even taught, to relax.
When faced with a new challenge, our natural instinct is to tense up as a means of trying to protect ourselves from that which frightens us.
But, this only makes our situation worse.
It slows us down, holds us back, and may even drown us in our very attempt to self-protect.
If we want to survive and someday even thrive, we must learn how to relax.
We have to rise above the forces that feel like they are trying to pull us down.
If we can make friends with that which frightens us, we may even come to enjoy the challenge.