I saw this story on the Internet about a decade ago. We can call it cheese or we can learn from this. Stories like that can help us to realise many important matters. In our Saturday’s Recovery class we were discussing the meaning of this story. How important is to stop and to listen, for everyone came up something else. We learned that we all are very different, we learned so much about values, awareness, about the importance of listening and being able to see interesting things around us and much more.
How can this story help in your Recovery?
What message you can take from it?
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 thousands 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 a 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, Joshua Bell sold out at a theatre in Boston and the seats average $100.00 each.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a 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 some of the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
How often do you go about your day in the search for beauty?
How many opportunities and examples of art, humanity and kindness do we miss on a daily basis?
Are we afraid to stop? Are we afraid to appreciate? Is our daily chore really that important?
How often are you impatient with loved ones when they ask for help?
How often do you feel free to give your time to what you really want.
Time to let go of the hardship & busyness today and start living!
Hope you enjoyed this story.
Have a nice day.