Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans

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ViolinA 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 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 top 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 theater in Boston and the seats average $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?


TRUE STORY !!! 

 

Eins og kemur fram hér aš ofan fjallar žessi sanna saga um samfélagstilraun žar sem heimsfręgur fišluleikari bregšur sér ķ hlutverk götuspilara og leikur heimsfręgt tónverk og kannaš er hvernig fólk bregst viš honum. Athugaš er hvort fólk skynji sanna fegurš ķ erli dagsins. Nišurstaša rannsóknarinnar sżndi aš nįnast allir žutu framhjį honum og einhverjir skutlušu klinki ķ hljóšfęraboxiš. Žeir sem ašallega vildu stoppa viš og hlusta į dįsemdina voru börn sem foreldrar jafnharšan kipptu ķ til žess aš gefa žeim skżrt til kynna aš ekki vęri ķ boši aš stoppa og hlusta heldur yršu žau aš flżta sér.

Žaš kemur einnig fram ķ sögunni aš skömmu įšur hafši žessi sami mašur fyllt tónleikasali žar sem fólk hafši greitt stórfé fyrir aš hlusta į nįkvęmlega sama heimsfręga tónverkiš, sama heimsfręga hljóšfęraleikarann spila į sömu 3.5 milljóna dollara virši fišluna.

Ég veit ekki meš ykkur en mér finnst žetta vera ansi lżsandi fyrir hvernig viš högum okkur oft ķ samfélagi. Viš lįtum umhverfiš um žaš aš dęma hvaš sé veršugt athygli okkar og hvaš sé žaš ekki ķ staš žess aš stoppa og leggja okkar eigiš mat į žaš. Séum viš bśin aš borga okkur inn į sżningu listamanns sem bśinn er aš fį įkvešinn gęšastimpil žį keppumst viš um aš lofa viškomandi en sami listamašur nżtur engrar ašdįunar sé hann į lestarstöš aš leika sama tónverkiš žvķ žar hefur hann engan gęšastimpil og samfélagiš ķ heild sinni er ekki bśiš aš lyfta honum į stall.

Viš lįtum žvķ umbśširnar og umhverfiš um aš dęma innihaldiš.

Žessi pistill er įskorun til okkar allra aš lįta ekki glepjast svona aušveldlega. Lįtum ekki ašra selja okkur hvaš okkur eigi aš finnast veršugt eftir umbśšunum og umhverfinu einu saman. Stöldrum frekar viš og notum okkar eigin skynfęri til žess aš dęma hvaš sé žess virši aš staldra viš og veita athygli.

Žetta į svo vel viš į öllum svišum samfélagsins žvķ hjaršhegšun žar sem hjöršin eltir einhverja fyrirfram įkvešna lķnu eša umbśšir ķ įkvešnu umhverfi er eitt okkar stęrsta vandamįl. Žannig fer heil hjörš fram af brśninni įn žess aš nokkur staldri viš, veiti umhverfinu athygli til aš sjį aš leišin fram į viš liggur beint fram af.

Treystu žvķ į sjįlfa/sjįlfan žig og žķna upplifun. Taktu žķnar įkvaršanir śt frį žinni upplifun og skynjun. Stżršu žinni eigin för žvķ žannig mun žér og samfélaginu ķ heild sinni farnast vel.

Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans (Lennon). 


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