Tuning the Guitar

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”

― Anthony Robbins


So, I’m using www.guitarlessons.com to start off my guitar lessons.

Thanks Nate Savage!

After learning about the parts of a guitar, and some other fundamentals, I needed to tune my new guitar in readiness to play. This essentially means I had to adjust each string to the correct note they are meant to produce when playing (E-A-D-G-B-E). I had to pluck each string and adjust the tuning peg until the tune matches the pitch on the guitar tuner app I use. Not too sharp. Not too flat.

Before I play a new guitar, I need to tune.


My teacher also says that from time to time to time, I need to tune, so that the sounds produced will remain as good as it should be.

I tried it and it fascinated me how the app recognized my pitch and guided me to either loosen the peg or tighten it. No wonder these things are called smartphones.

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise…”

You see, periodically examining your life sounds a very much like tuning a guitar.

The strings of the guitar represent the core aspects of your life and priorities – your faith, academics, career, finances, family etc. These must sync with each other in a wonderful balance.

They should play along the lines of the designated pitches as outlined in the divine plan for your life. To get great music out of life, you need to adjust the strings of your life – whatever they are – from time to time and tune them to the correct pitch they are meant to be.

Evaluate every venture in your life, before you start and along the line.

Count the cost. And balance the account frequently.

Guitar strings slack, or wear out or slowly strum at a wrong pitch, not because we neglect it, but because we play it.

So, I am not saying that you would have it all figured out. But as you live each day one step at a time, you will be tired. Of course, you may miss a step, veer off track or get distracted at times. You can’t help it.

But you can renew your strength. You can hone your craft. You can reset our focus on Jesus. You can evaluate. And recourse.

And our tuner? You’ll find your standard notes in God’s word and prayer. As you grow in your faith and communion, you will begin to realize the “note” at which “string” of your life should play. Then you go ahead and tune!

Think about this – as you will tune your guitar for better music, evaluate your life for better leverage.

An unexamined life is not worth living. An examined one is an fulfilling adventure.



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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