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 1,100 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 most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where 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.
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?”
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That was good I can tell you are a writer, because normally if the article or post I should say is to long I don’t read too much I just skip through it. Because most people on here are long winded. Anyway the point that I want to bring up is that the devil seems to use the rushing method. Sometimes, I am going about my daily duties and find that I am rushing, rushing, rushing for no apparent reason. Many times in life I think we miss out on the small things that could have mattered so much. For insistence we are out and about and the kids want to do something that we may feel is not important and instead of sacrificing we continue on and brush them off, because we got to go home and cook dinner, because of course the sky will fall and Jesus will come back. My love for the word is true so when reading anything I notice that certain scriptures come to mind. And in reading your post the scripture that came up was about us being like little children & that we are to imitate there faith and the pureness of their hearts. I think that’s why they took notice of the man playing the violin, He is playing out of His pleasure for music and out of the pureness of His heart. Like Christ in me and Christ is in you so we should walk in peace. Well pureness in Him and pureness in them made them take notice, and a few others along the way.