Compromise is to do it half-heartedly, even if we don’t like it fully – as there is no other better alternative. Harmony is to bring clear understanding and do it wholeheartedly. So, rather than what we do, it depends on how we do it, and with what kind of mindset we do it. When we don’t do anything wholeheartedly, it not only increases our dissatisfaction and suffering, it further undermines the quality of our action.
Although it may be wise to compromise with others sometimes, developing harmony in our life is the way towards peace, health and happiness. Although it is better to compromise than to fight constantly, yet it is a pity when life becomes just a compromise. It takes strength to say that a painful loving life is worth more than a pleasurable unloving life. It takes courage to say that an uncomfortable open and free life is worth more than a comfortable prison life.
When life is based on desire, fear, controlling and ego, it becomes a compromise. When it is based on understanding, courage, love and care, it becomes a harmony.