They work all day, often into the night, many times on weekends and holidays – – they earn substantial income – – but all they do is "work." They may be excellent at their craft, but (in my opinion) they earn a "D-" (if that) at living "Life."
It reminds me of a situation (as reported in the Huntington Beach News, a California newspaper) that occurred at the Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. A 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 on.
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 while. This action was repeated by several other children, but ever 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 place. The man collected a total of $32.00.
After 1 hour, the violinist finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and not 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 $100.00 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.
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.
JEROME M. BAME, Esq., Coach-Mentor-Confidant to Lawyers, 10061 Talbert Avenue, Stuite 200, Fountain Valley, CA 92708; Telephone (714) 962-4477; Email jmb@PracticingLawSucks.com
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