It’s easy to say that we all constantly seek to slow down and get away from our busy lives. What’s retirement if not the goal to build wealth so that we may finally find ourselves doing little, enjoying life at our own pace and on our own termspea, a complete Moment Momentum state of nirvana.
But while we all work towards this goal day in/day out we tend to forget that life is a present journey, not a future end. A little reminder from time to time to take a moment would do us all well, and that’s exactly what an experiment at a metro station in Washington DC does.
A young man decided to play his violin one morning, leaving the case open on the floor for anyone willing to tip. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. Over a thousand people walked by him. Maybe two or three stopped a moment to listen. When he finished, no one noticed, no one applauded, and had about $32 dollars in his pocket now freshly made.
As the Washington Post article so blatantly confessed:
“No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best 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 his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100”.
Perhaps beauty doesn’t transcend duty; perhaps our survival instincts to work, fill our stomachs and shelter our backs will always get the best of us –deafening our ears and blinding our ability to recognize the special and rare. In the end, that’s understandable. But taking a moment, just a moment, to appreciate the finer things in life will always make for a much more interesting ride.