Because harmony is about serendipity, while balance is about control.
Because harmony is about playing the song, while balance is about tuning the instrument.
Because harmony is about using the tensions in our lives, while balance is about trying to eliminate them.
Because harmony is about tolerance, while balance insists on its own way.
Because harmony is about texture and complexity, while balance is about simplicity.
Because harmony is about seasons and rhythm, while balance is about equilibrium.
Because harmony seeks to compound the extremes of depth and diversity, while balance seeks to average them.
Because harmony is dynamic, while balance is static.
Because harmony can handle the unknown and unpredictable, while balance seeks the known and predictable.
Because harmony accepts interruptions, while balance is too busy with its priorities.
Because harmony wants to find God, while balance wants to be God.
Because harmony is about others, while balance is about self.
Because harmony pursues beauty, while balance pursues perfection.
As I've said, I get what we mean when we talk about balance.
I just think harmony is a much bigger idea.
Whether we seek "balance" or harmony, we are essentially pursuing the same things: joy, presence and purpose.
Can we pursue both balance and harmony?
I don't think so.
Even though both pursue the same things, each goes after them in different ways.
And these two ways are at odds with one another. They exist in tension with one another. Like good and evil. Or being vs. doing.
I believe, just as good is superior to evil, harmony is superior to balance as a practice and discipline in life.
Life is designed to teach and remind us that 1) we are not God, 2) we are not in control and 3) "it's not about us."
Harmony allows for this. Balance doesn't.
So join me in walking away from the pursuit of a perfect, balanced life.
And join me in the passionate pursuit of a beautiful, harmonious one.
Are you in?
Have these posts challenged the way you think about harmony vs. balance?
Please share what's clicked and what hasn't.
(photo by Kevin Walsh)