Monday, July 27, 2009

Beauty's Where You Find It

My mom forwarded me an email about an experiment staged in a busy subway station in Washington, DC. The stunt was for a very accomplished, and incidentally famous, violinist to play during one of the station's busier times and see what happens. Just see. Would people stop? Would they listen? I won't give you the answers. You can find out for yourself here. Check it out. It is worth the look and listen.

I needed my mom's email this morning. While the rest of the house slept, I organized my daily to-do list, paid some bills, and got on with the business of being busy. Then I read the email, I read the accompanying article, I watched and listened to the video clips. I cried. (You'll see, if you go to that link above.) The reasons I cried? One: Although brief, the music is beautiful and I wanted more. Two: I couldn't believe the reaction (or non-reactions) of the people passing by. Three: I wondered what I would have done if I were passing through the station that morning?

This social experiment was a good reminder to me that I need to slow down, appreciate the beauty that is around us everywhere, and especially enjoy my little boys as they grow and challenge me every day. To make sure, I put all of these things at the top of my to-do list for today.

Have a beautiful day!

1 comment:

  1. i heard about that experiment from someone--i think maybe my husband. but i did not see it. i am intrigued, and i am grateful for the link to go watch it. i am a lover of classical music, so i look forward to going to hear the music. but i am also interested to see what people did as they passed. i, too, wonder would i would have done.

    that said, wonderful wonderful photograph for this post. is this your instrument?


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