Relaxation is who you are.
|Marigolds at season's end|
While brushing our cat earlier this morning I was impressed with how relaxed she was, just being in the moment. Clearly she wasn't trying to be a nervous dog or some other creature. She just appears to enjoy being a cat, and could care less about what others might think of her.
Being focused and "in the moment" is valuable, whether reading a book, playing an instrument, presenting before a group, taking a test, participating in an athletic activity or simply conversing with another person. While it may be laudable to seek to improve oneself, setting the bar too high may lead too much tension and hence poor performance.
Seems there is considerable wisdom in the ancient Greek aphorism, "Know thyself."