A few weeks ago, I started writing about a series of seven words that I thought would help each of us on our path forward, no matter which direction we find ourselves in. Seven words that, once adopted, could help us all in times of joy and in times of difficulty. Seven words to prepare us for the future.
It was perfect.
And then, as quickly as I had the right idea in seven words, my laptop crashed. I lost two of those perfect columns on the perfect seven words. At first it felt like a punch in the gut, but over time I realized I was okay with not posting the lost columns. OKAY? Damn, I was more than OK.
It’s because I realized that the first seven words were the wrong ones.
As the days passed, my perspective on the seven words changed and I realized that was how life was. We are always expanding. Always evolving. To forever evolve into the new me we want to be. And that’s exactly how it should be. As soon as we believe we have understood it, our seven words change.
Isn’t that cool? I would hate to be done figuring things out. Although it is sometimes tempting, especially on days when your laptop crashes. (Thank God it’s not often.)
I still love words and realizing that there aren’t seven magic ones only opens the door to more exploration. I will start now.
Originally, I planned to write about balance. It’s a big word. Balance is a duality that runs through nature, throughout life. It brings peace and stability. Yin and yang. The balance is the equality between the two. What could be better?
I wasn’t sure, but the cosmos put the idea of harmony in my path. If the balance between two things is good, the harmony could be even better.
Balance binds us together. Harmony opens the equation. This gives us alternatives. A three-strand cord is stronger than one over two, just as the three-part harmony, when done well, often outperforms the two-part version.
A set of two points can easily tip over. Three points are fixed and stable.
Three is a force seen through nature and the world. Good things come in threes. Past, present and future sum up time better than now and then. We say the ABC, not the AB. There are three primary colors: red, yellow and blue, from which all other hues are created.
Earth is the third planet from the sun. There are three Olympic medals: bronze, silver and gold. First, middle and last. Small, medium and large. Solid, liquid and gas. Land, sea and air. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (snacks would only add to the harmony.)
Me, myself and me. Rock Paper Scissors. Mind, body and spirit. The three amigos, the musketeers, the sidekicks, Charlie’s Angels, the blind mice, the little pigs, the French hens, the Goldilocks bears.
Balance is made up of two factors, working in tandem. The best balance you can do is balance. Harmony is more. It takes us beyond balance to stability. Harmony is literally music to our ears.
Balance is about making things right between two people. Harmony is a deeper cooperation between the group. Balance exists between you and me. Harmony makes us all part of the whole.
The balance in life is good; it is searched. Harmony makes balance complete. And, like a braided rope, harmony makes us all stronger.
When you just focus on the melody, that’s all you hear. When you expand your focus to include multiple notes and chords, you gain a greater perspective – a perspective that goes beyond the note you are playing and that goes beyond you to the innate harmony that exists within. our world, in nature. The harmony that exists between us all.
And it is music for the ears.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of life page on Facebook.