“Time poor” is so applicable to blogging because it can create unnecessary tension. I can honestly say I’m learning to manage it. Thanks for understanding.
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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on the feet.
I feel tension on the beach this morning – the wind is blowing, the sea is rough, and the clouds are dark – all in advance of forecasted storms this afternoon.
Tension – a strain, a stretch, or stress – a tightening that can be physical, emotional, or mental.
A variety of words come to mind when I think of tension – anxiety, pressure, restlessness, suspense, uncertainty, agitation, anticipation, conflict, excitement, worrying, and nervousness. I’m sure there are more, but none of these words would be synonyms for harmonious.
Tensions can be personal, societal, or within any group. They involve building pressure that seeks a release. All of us encounter tension throughout our life. As I look back at my life, I can see tension as an interaction between aspiration, reality, and wounded memories.
I think of tension as the racing heart and sweaty palms that we get as we wait for something important. All of us have had those moments before something important – a speech, a significant ceremony, a job interview, a pivotal meeting, and other situations.
I think about the tension between people – tension in personal relationships, tension at work, tension of competition, tension when communicating, even the sexual tension igniting an irresistible spark.
I think about the tension involved in music. Songwriters create tension through lyrics, but composers use chords, tones, and musical expressions to create tension for the listener. I think about how musicians such as guitarists and violinists change a string’s tension to tune their instruments.
I think about performances on stage and screen. Playwrights and screenwriters use the tension between characters and relationships within the storyline to build conflict and anticipation to weave mystery and drama with embedded surprises throughout the plot.
I think about the tensions in today’s society. Then I remind myself that I lived through the societal tension of the late 1960s-early 1970s. Comparing the similarities and differences between the two time periods would be an interesting study. After all, both are tension created by a conflict of societal values. Spokespersons on both sides use their rhetoric to exaggerate the message to increase tension.
As a sports fan, I think about the tension at the beginning of a big game. As the game ebbs and flows, tension passes through a cycle of building and releasing – then possibly culminating at an important moment near the end.
I stop to stare across the water. The sea is still rough, but the science teacher in me reminds me about surface tension – that cohesive attraction between water molecules at the surface whose inward force creates a tight net allowing insects to stand upon and walk across water. Can you float a paperclip on water? Do you remember doing that in school? That same attraction also plays a role in allowing water to move from the tree’s roots up to the leaves.
Tension – the feeling our body feels after a day that didn’t come close to the plan – a tight feeling from head to toes – the feeling of just one of those days.
Tension – the feeling is still here on the beach as my walk ends. The wind is still strong. The clouds are still dark and swirling. The sea is still rough and the waves are crashing onto the shore. But that is the tension in the environment. While my thoughts today are about tension, I’m relaxed because I like walking on the beach, which is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about Tension
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