In the world of music, harmony is the use of different pitches simultaneously. Derived from the Greek word harmonia (joint, agreement, concord); harmony is the peaceful coexistence between contrasted elements.
Personally our worlds can be broken down into two simple spheres; internal and external. Also contrasted elements; our internal and external selves need to find a way to coexist if we are to find harmony in our lives.
Many times our internal beliefs do not match up with our external perception. We try and show something that we do not believe inside and therefore must play a role we are not structurally fit, nor mentally adept enough to actually pull off. Because of this imbalance we create a split identity of what we actually are and what we allow others to see we are.
If we really aim to succeed, if we want our internal and external to coexist, then we must find the ability to attain high levels of openness. This openness first begins with being open with ourselves, so that we have the ability to be open with others. The difficulty here lies within our ability to know where our faults lie, expose them for what they are, and summon the courage to accept them. Typically we spend so much time and effort repressing these faults that we undo any chance of harmony within our lives since we don’t know what chords to strike at what time. Our contrasts turn into contradictions and we lose sense of who we are supposed to be in what situation and around which people.
In creating such personal confusion, we create chaos, never allowing ourselves to stay true to any one belief system or set of personal standards therefore disrupting any chance for harmonic existence.
In attaining openness we allow ourselves to maintain harmony. When we are open with ourselves first, we allow others to harmonize with us through their understanding of who we really are. Our lives become enhanced because we allow others to simultaneously fill in the chords we lack therefore creating harmonic progression, or perfect pitch.
In the same way an orchestra cannot make amazing music without knowing when to join the others, we cannot expect to succeed without allowing others to join us when the time is right. If we are too busy hiding our melodies, then we do not allow others to join in, therefore making our music offbeat and artificial.
In a world where our success depends on the help of others we must understand that openness is not an option but a necessity. If we plan to successfully move forward as an individual within a group then we must face the fact that our contrasted pitches can only create harmony through openly communicated simultaneous action.