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The Harmony of Life

Life is a harmony of everything that we think, feel, hear, see, strive for, are passionate about and love. Of course, the list doesn't stop there but continues with every one of life's countless interactions. Life is the harmony of demands on the one thing we can never replenish...Time.

In my life, I have never taken the easy path. I continually seek out challenges and often took the path that family and friends would question at the time. Even to this day, as my family and friends are talking about retirement, I am thinking there is still another chapter or two in my working life!

My current demands are reminiscent of when my career had started 30 years ago trying to harmonize school, work and family. Heck, I am 55 years old and enrolled in a doctoral program. Just over a year and a half ago, I was provided an opportunity to stretch my professional abilities and take a new position with my employer, moving from a technology-ladened chief information officer to a people-oriented vice president of enrollment and marketing. Finally, and of most importance, I have a personal challenge of maintaining a loving and caring family life with my wife of thirty years, along with two adult children and their families. And most recently, I have been provided a labor of love to help take care of the needs of a sibling who is located a thousand miles away. 

With all of the opportunities listed above, some people have suggested the work load is too much. Indeed, some may think that, but in reality my view is that we only have so much time in this world and what better way to spend the time that God granted than to love your family, challenge yourself professionally and seek greater knowledge through education. I hope to make this blog a running journal on why I do what I do, and why looking at life as a harmony, instead of a balancing act, is crucial. 

Which brings me to this last point, harmony versus balance. 

A balance is a measure of one item against another. A balance is a trade-off. But a harmony is a mixture of qualities; whether the harmony comes from music, or the pairing of good wine and food, or, as I view it, life's choices. The harmony is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Any musician will tell you that a harmony is a mix of the best qualities the musicians bring to the performance. This contrast may sound subtle, but in my opinion it is the secret to sanity in this busy world. 

Family, Change, Time Management

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