Savvy Raj

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Appreciation Matters.


“A 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 1,100 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, and 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 most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $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?”

Share if you took the time to read this ๐Ÿ™‚

Author: Savvy Raj

Dance Educator, Writer, Artist, Designer, Wellness Mentor & Consultant

7 thoughts on “Appreciation Matters.

  1. Many things get missed in the fast journey days of daily life. It can be any where in the world but no one cares. As priorities of individual differs. Even you and me also must have did such things but can this be stopped…. Nearly impossible and its part of life. What ever is supposed to be it will be. Life moves on.

    Secondly, When some one is free and do nothing he sure observe the surrounding and spend more leisure time and that will be next phase of life away from busy working days. Life phase keep changing gradually and its a cycle.
    It’s coins backside won’t be seen when phase one is active.

    Have a wonderful republic day and don’t miss the big parade happening in the capital. Cheers. ๐ŸŒท

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  2. Wonderfully shared. Life can be quite a churn sometimes, by being both busy and boring all in the same day too. I quite agree with you, life phases keep changing… it’s a cycle indeed.
    It all depends on the person and what matters to each. It also depends upon whether/what one is tuned into in that moment .
    Appreciation is a matter of choosing to notice and create a positive impact by an expression. It certainly takes a moment but leaves a lasting mutual impression.
    Thank you my friend for your thoughtful response and wishes.
    Yes indeed the Republic Day parades are quite spectacular to witness.
    Namaste. ๐Ÿ™

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  3. A great lesson for us all to stop and “smell the roses”.
    Enjoy today.
    Jai Hind.

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    • Yes indeed! If we truly wish to we can find something good in every little thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
      If we truly want we can take a moment to smell the roses.
      If we truly want we can enjoy
      the now that is with us.
      Jail Hind

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