Franz Schubert, prolific Austrian composer who died at the early age of 31, wrote nine symphonies, liturgical music, operas, some incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. He began his famous Unfinished Symphony in 1822 but only completed two movements.
The immense body of work produced by Schubert reveals to us the powerful dedication and immense energy he gave to expressing his life view through the venue of music. And, still…given that…Schubert is most famous for his Unfinished Symphony…the composition that was never completed.
The theme of The Unfinished Symphony is singing in my heart this morning as I reflect on the connection we have with our families of origin and our ancestors.
I believe we choose the families we are born into so that we may have the very best environment to inspire us to work on the lessons we have chosen.
Sometimes those environments are nurturing and positive; sometimes they are troubled and conflict-ridden…but always they contain the impetus for us to explore and achieve our lessons and dreams.
And, now…another thread is weaving itself into this picture. The theme of The Unfinished Symphony.
Perhaps there is even more to our choice of birth family…
perhaps it is the CONNECTION we have to the dreams and desires of those who came before us.
On a historical note…
I have read that when people emigrated to this country...often at the very young ages of thirteen or fourteen seeking the opportunity to make their way in the world and often coming for the purpose of making an arranged marriage…when they arrived here, they were overwhelmed with the work of finding a place to live and securing a job to support their families.
Because every ounce of their energy was being used to survive, it has been theorized that their children carried on the process of mourning their parents' loss of the mother country for them.
And so the tapestry unfolds through many lives and many generations. Which brings me to the concept of The Unfinished Symphony.
The questions presenting themselves to me are these:
Can we identify the longings and dreams of our parents…not for material goods or money…but for the character traits they wanted/needed to develop (consciously or not)?
And, if so, has the development of these character traits been begun by our parents but has now become their Unfinished Symphony?
We have so many choices in life…so many places to put our energy.
Is the finishing of their Symphony something we are especially equipped to achieve because of our understanding of their life circumstances and longings and the impetus we have experienced to carry on the dream
is it something we wish to complete?