Slices of life: when life makes other plans, find harmony


It was perfection.

And then, as soon as I got the brilliant idea for seven words, my laptop crashed. I lost two of those perfect columns on the seven perfect words. At first it felt like a punch in the stomach, but over time I realized I was okay with not posting the lost columns. OKAY? Damn, I was more than OK.

This is because I realized that the first seven words were wrong.

Over the days, my perspective on the Seven Words changed and I realized that this is how life is. We are still deploying. Always evolving. Evolve forever into the new me we want to be. And that’s exactly how it should be. As soon as we think we understand, our seven words change.


Isn’t that cool? I would hate to be done figuring things out. Although it can be tempting at times, especially on days when your laptop is crashing. (Thank goodness it’s not often.)

I still love words and realizing that there aren’t seven magical 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. Balance is 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. It gives us alternatives. A three-strand string is stronger than a two-part string, just as the three-part harmony, when done right, often outperforms the two-part version.

A set of two points can easily switch. Three points are stable and stable.

Three is a force that we see in nature and in the world. Good things come in threes. Past, present and future sum up time better than it does today. We say ABCs, not ABs. There are three primary colors: red, yellow and blue, from which all other hues are created.

Earth is the third planet after 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, me and me. Rock Paper Scissors. Mind, body and spirit. The three amigos, the musketeers, the accomplices, the Charlie’s Angels, the blind mice, the little pigs, the French hens, the bears of Goldilocks.

Balance is two factors, working in tandem. The best balance one can do is balance. Harmony is more. It takes us beyond balance to stability. Harmony is literally music to our ears.

The balance is worked out between two people. Harmony is a deeper cooperation between the group. There is a balance between you and me. Harmony makes us all a part of the whole.

The balance in life is good; it is searched. Harmony makes the balance complete. And, like a braided cord, harmony makes us all stronger.

When you just focus on the melody, that’s all you hear. When you broaden your focus to include multiple notes and chords, you get a broader perspective – a perspective that goes beyond the note you play and beyond you to the innate harmony that exists in our world, in the world. nature. The harmony that exists between all of us.

And it’s music to the ears.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning union columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.


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