Bridges or Walls
Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus — Love of God — portrays the needless suffering and personal destruction that flows from a preoccupation with envy. The story revolves around Mozart and Salieri, two gifted composers. Mozart’s creativity and fame made Salieri envious. So, Salieri invested all his energy in harming Mozart in whatever ways he could. The result?
Salieri achieved short-lived fame and Mozart went on to become a musical legend. Because he remained preoccupied with envy, his own talents were undeveloped. The creative genius of one flowered while that of the other remained buried. If Salieri had respected and cherished his own potential, if he had used his energy to give expression to his own gift instead of directing his attention to sabotaging the gift of another, the world would have enjoyed one more brilliant musical heritage.
Salieri’s failure was not so much in the harm that was done, but in the good that was left undone. He simply did not permit his life to bloom. Life continually brings to us more gifts than we can accept and acknowledge, more than we can treasure with thankful hearts. As we pursue the lonely journey through our own life experience, we carry with us the potential to reach heights of excellence. It is our vision of life that matters.
We can either paralyse ourselves or set ourselves free. We can choose to open doors to a new life or we can choose to close them forever. We can either build walls or bridges in our life. The choice is ours.