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According to the online Cambridge Dictionary, harmony means:

‘a pleasant musical sound made by different notes being played or sung at the same time.

a situation in which people are peaceful and agree with each other, or when things seem right or suitable together’.

As I write this blog, just after midday on a Saturday afternoon, I can hear one of my neighbours playing the piano again. This is against the backdrop of the quiet sounds of nature and other neighbours in the street, going about their daily business.

This is a moment of harmony in both senses of the word defined above.

It also represents the sense of harmony within myself and one thing that I have appreciated as I continue to experience the far reaching effects of this pandemic.

This level of peace has required me to be still, in an external and internal sense.

And as someone that is constantly on the go, always thinking about things and finds it challenging to completely switch off, I am actually relishing this moment. Being still in all senses of the word, has made me alert enough (not in relation to current slogans…!) to notice things.

For the first time in years, I have observed evidence of Spring from the safety of my home. Green foliage in the back garden that I can see as I type this blog. Tiny lilac flowers. Occasional chirping from birds.

During the past seven weeks, my eyes and ears have slowly adjusted and become more attuned to my surroundings so that I am more in sync with nature and the habits of my neighbours. This is in part to the month of fasting and also due to the fact that I am spending less time plugged into devices that serve as a distraction as I work… 

This links to a tweet by the author Matt Haig, that I read earlier this week:

I am therefore savouring the opportunities to reset and recalibrate, as I declutter some of the practices that limit my chances of being in harmony with my surroundings. 


Cambridge Dictionary | English. (2020). Harmony | Meaning of Harmony by Cambridge Dictionary. [online] Available at: [Accessed 16 May 2020].