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Stop and Hear the Music

Looking for a job is not an easy task.  It requires a great amount of planning, followed by a great amount of effort.


But instead of writing about that planning and effort, I’m writing to remind you to enjoy life along the way.  Here is a shortened version of a story I read this morning:

A man sat at a Metro station in Washington, D.C. 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 on their way to work.


Barely anyone noticed him at all.  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.  This action was repeated by several other children.  All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.


In the 45 minutes he played, only 6 stopped and stayed a bit.  About 20 gave him money but continued to walk.  He collected $32 in total.  When he finished playing, no one noticed and no one applauded.


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 a theater in Boston 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 a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.


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?


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? 


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