THE SITUATION :
In Washington, DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.
About 4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
At 6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
At 10 minutes:
A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged 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 expiration date!!!!!
I read this article via a mail. While reading it I just thought what I would have done if I was in similar situation. Well, would have loved to listen to his music sitting by the pavement but one look at the watch and “whoosh, I am late for work!!!! Run, have several tickets to move, developments to do,documents and test cases to prepare. Would have looked back and thought what was I doing standing there, wasting my time?? ”
With these trains of thoughts would have sidled away to work and concentrated on work and more work. Home, office and back to home as soon as I work is over because next day I have office AGAIN. Why is it this way that increasingly its work that has started ruling our life. No matter how ill, not living, haven’t eaten still have to go for work. Was this in our plan when we started working in 1st place in ancient times? Nahh not at all…think we worked when we needed to, when we had time from enjoying life and needed food or get some other comfort, or whatever good it is and then work again.
The biggest factor then was enjoying. Now it is the opposite, we try to find enjoyment in our work!!! Why????? Because we have no time to spend what we have earned from our work. We have to just work and work and work, why……? So that we have lots of money to enjoy.
But do we anytime think how much of our valuable time (the peak years of our life) are getting wasted working and not enjoying. And when we have a lot of money in maybe our old age, will we be able to enjoy it all? We will be too old to even chew our own food and have half the delicacies in "no to be eaten list", to old and bed ridden to travel and see mother earth and its beauty all across Earth….