Monday, January 12, 2009

A True Story: Joshua Bell in the Washington Post experiment

A True Story

A man at a metro station in Washington started to play violin;

He played for about 45 minutes.

During that time, thousands of people went by.

A man stopped for a while and moved on.

The violinist received his first dollar tip:

A woman threw coins and walked away.

The most attention was paid by a 3 year old boy.

His mother pushed hard and the boy had to walk away.

This was repeated by several other children.

In the 45 minutes only 6 people stopped .

He collected $32. When he finished , no one noticed .

No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew that the violinist was Joshua Bell, the best violinist in the

He played with a violin worth $ 3.5 million .

Two days before , Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats
average $100.

He got a standing ovation.

Joshua Bell playing incognito was organized by Washington Post as part of
an experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.

Conclusions from this experience was:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians
in the world, how many other things are we missing?

The least we can do as individuals is to motivate and inspire another human being!
Because a candle loses nothing by lighting another!
Muhammad Ahmad Khan
Reiki Master & Master in Fourth Dimension

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