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. . . Something To Think About . . .
 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?

Why do we perceive so little around us?

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Oh, my gosh, Merry, HOW BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you for sharing that w/us! I 'captured' it - sorry, Snagg '-). & hope you don't mind, Merry.

Every single moment of your life is perfect - it might be perfectly good or perfectly evil or perfectly ludicrous but it is perfect and can not be any different. Miss Joshua Bell playing the violin and step in dog poop or get bit by an escaped rhesus monkey - wouldn't want it any other way.
Wow, thank you, glad you like it!
I stop to smell the hops.
Merry, that photo is superb. I feel as if the flower is looking out a window, dreaming.

I like to stop every once in a while and just look around me and keep the moment. Some days I don't accomplish much more, but it makes me happy. A big green cricket jumped into the cats' dish on the doorstep this morning, and I was happy to have caught the moment.
Chez, what I wound up liking about it is the form of the flower is so sculptural that it could almost hold it's own in B&W.
Finding beauty in the world around us is just like panning for gold to me.
Finding beauty in the world around us is just like panning for gold to me.

Well said - and it is so much easier to find than gold.

(You know, with numeric it is easy to convert a pic to B/W or sepia with your editing program; it could be interesting to see how it turns out.)




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