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!