Once I switched on an old stereo for a friend who was working on the speakers. My ears got blasted with such a piercing screech that they tingled with pain before I could shut it off again. After a few adjustments, my friend asked me to turn it on again. I was a bit nervous. My ears were still ringing from the first time. I hit the power switch. This time beautiful music sounded out in such a perfect blend of harmony that it almost brought tears to my eyes.
“What did you do?” I asked.
My friend smiled. “The speakers were out of phase. I tuned them back in. All it took was a few slight adjustments.”
What a difference a few slight adjustments make. Where once a dissonant sound blasted out that could’ve caused irreparable damage to my ear drums, now flowed beautiful, soothing music.
Life is like that. It can get so out of phase and dissonant that unless you make the necessary adjustments it can become irreparably damaged.
I know a man who earns over $200,000 a year at what everyone else thinks is a perfect job; high income, great benefits, and 4 weeks vacation. He should be happy, right? Wrong. On the outside, he is winning top honors in the company year after year. On the inside, he hates it so much he is having heart and stomach problems. No one knows but him and a few close friends. His job is so out of phase with the type of person he is that it literally is making him ill.
If your life is out of phase with your ideals, values and goals don’t let it get to the point of doing irreparable harm. Often all it takes is a few simple adjustments to bring out the soothing music your life was meant to be.