What Are You Missing?

A friend sent this to me in an email today and it got me thinking.

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the
 violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for
 about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was
 calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of
 them on their way to work.
 Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician
 playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then
 hurried up to meet his schedule.
 A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman
 threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

 A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him,
 but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he
 was late for work.
 The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother
 tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist.
 Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning
 his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other
 children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
 
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed
 for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal
 pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over,
 no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
 
No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best
 musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever
 written, with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

 Two days before his playing in the subway, tickets for Joshua Bell’s
 performance at a theater in Boston were sold out and the seats averaged
 $100.
 
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station
 was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment
 about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in
 a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive
 beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an
 unexpected context?

 One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do
 not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the
 world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we
 missing?
 
Enjoy life!
 Carpe diem!

This story “hit a note” with me since we have three very talented violinists in our family, my sister-in- law and two nieces.

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