Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Situation....

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cool January morning some time back, a man with a violin played the classic six Bach pieces for about a quarter hour. In that time, around 2,000 people passed by, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a man in his 40's noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed down a little and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.
Around 5 minutes after the man passed, the violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. She did'nt even listen to what he was playing
At 6 minutes, a young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk hurriedly.
At 10 minutes, a 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother dragged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.
At 45 minutes:
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
After 1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest 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, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.
This experiment raised several questions:
*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..
How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
Enjoy life NOW ..
it has an expiry date !

I read this a long time back in some of my favr8 glossy e-magazines ;-)
I wanted to share this today because I was running hell lot of busy and i was constantly failing to grab some cosy moments for myself. But then my hubby said what a waste it is if I am finding no time to steal a brief hug which i fancy the most.
This post was just to make a remainder to not to forget to live the sweet little moments of life in the race of making this life worth living for those moments when there will not be any life left to live.
My fellow people
Live it.... This is the perfect moment to live....It's now or never...


  1. This is the perfect moment to live....It's now or never...
    It cant get more perfect.

  2. Rightly said, we humans have become so machinelike that we have forgotten the joy of appreciating small things.
    God Bless!!

  3. Thanx for sharing gal. Thats a lovely message.


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