I have been thinking about how each of us fits in in this grand world of ours. Reading other peoples’ blogs and listening to what both they and my students have to say is what went me down that path. You see, each person has such a unique combination of gifts. We have all heard the maxim that we only use 10% of our brains. That seems a little general to me, though.
Do you remember the movie Amadeus? If you don’t recall the movie, it was a wonderful film about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The man was a genius, and began composing when he was a mere slip of a boy — he was only 5 years old.
What fascinated me about the film Amadeus was watching him compose symphonies, operas, and requiems. He added all the layers of instruments and notes bit by bit. He could hear it in his head. Perhaps all composers can do that; I am no composer, so I cannot attest to that. But he could hear each instrument—the harmonies and melodies and add them in.
What occurred through this process is that what began as a simple melody took on a completely different sound, of course, when the entire range of instruments, notes, and rhythms were brought together.
Our lives are very much like that. Without each of us adding our notes and instruments, the symphony of life is far less glorious than it could be. don’t worry, the other instruments will join in. Perhaps someone nearby is too shy to try until they see someone else go first. It matters not whether you are a harp, a triangle, a violin, a flute, a bassoon, or a kazoo. When you let loose with your beautiful music ~ even if you make a mistake ~ the symphony grows.
You are beautiful. When God created the instrument that is YOU, He intended you to have a part in His symphony. The world is richer by your contribution. . . after all, the little piccolo may not get many parts in the majority of musical arrangements. But would you want to hear “Stars and Stripes Forever” without the piccolo?
Each of our instruments provide texture, depth, beauty, and inspiration. There is no need to point fingers and be jealous of the violins if you are a bassoon or an oboe. There are or will be songs and arrangements that focus on you. Your life will and already does have meaning. Those that are feeling low or lowly or worn down….rest a bit. Re-group. Time heals. Time provides a new day each day. Don’t give up.
What does Mozart have to do with you? He wove so many notes together. We do, too , with our lives. When I first wrote this post, I mistakenly attributed the music in the video below to Mozart. It is a Song of Joy. Of course, one of my friends reminded me that Song of Joy was written into BEETHOVEN’s 9th Symphony! So properly attributing it now, here is Beethoven’s beauty. Oh–he can still bring a Song of Joy. Just look!