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Posted on Jun 30, 2017

The Secret to Restoring Harmony

The Secret to Restoring Harmony

Do you ever feel like you are so close to your work – or life – that you can’t see the forest for the trees? Maybe you have reached a point where,

  • you can only see problems, but no solutions.
  • there’s constant frustration and nothing is changing.
  • nothing seems to be in agreement.
  • things don’t seem to be fitting together very well.

What’s missing in your life is harmony.

We often think of harmony as being at peace. But the real meaning of this value is about everything working well together.

When you reach a point where you need to re-establish harmony in your life, consider stepping back.

Take a break.

As the master artist Leonardo da Vinci discovered, this is a powerful way to restore harmony and move forward. Consider da Vinci’s wise words as highlighted in this Values Quote video.


Today’s quote is from Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance Man and famous painter of the Mona Lisa.

A great quote from da Vinci is:

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” 

Da Vinci understood the value of harmony, and what was required to re-establish it if it was lost.

As a differentiating value, Harmony means agreement of opinions; or congruity of parts with one another and with the whole.

When a choir sings in harmony, it sounds beautiful. When a team works in harmony to fulfill a common purpose, the results almost create themselves.

But when harmony is lacking, it hurts. Problems and issues seem to swarm everywhere.

So… what’s the solution to restoring harmony?

As da Vinci suggested, take a break. Get away. Change your view. When you return, the problems will seem much smaller and easier to resolve.

Not only will your perspective be enhanced, but your ability to tackle the issues will be renewed, and harmony will return with much less effort or resistance.

And maybe you’ll see the potential for your own Mona Lisa in your work.