Missing it.

I keep seeing this article all over the web– and so was drawn to it. I am not able to find where it`s origins are, so… I can`t really verify anything about it but I thought it was super post-worthy anyway.

Here is the post written by: (we don`t know).


Something to ponder today…..

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

{4 minutes later}

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
{6 minutes}

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
{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 all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly..
{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 pace. The man collected a total of $32.
{1 hour}

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

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.

This is a true 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 people’s priorities.
{the questions raised}

In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

Do we stop to appreciate it?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this…

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?


End article.

I`d love to hear of something beautiful today you “saw” that usually you may have missed.


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  1. Marylou says:

    Here is the original article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html. I had read about it on Randy Alcorn’s blog and was very intrigued by it as well.

    So what did I not miss today? Hmmm. I still have a few hours left to notice something. 🙂 🙂 Actually, at work I was on my computer making multiple minor adjustments on a floor plan and delighting again how much my left-brained self SO enjoys doing that!! It helps, too, that it’s for a “new” office for us! Yay!

  2. Bevy says:

    What an incrediable story…

    absolutely all about perspective… and slowing down.

    For me.

    I was sitting on our front porch this afternoon. All melancholy – I’m afraid.

    I’m a stay-at-home-mom. I get to see this every day – but today it hit me differently.

    I started to tear up… as I “saw” in a new way, my newly four year old and my soon-to-be three year old playing together…and then independantly (in their own worlds).

    It seems like lately their imaginations have skyrocketed. And, I love it. It’s been so fun to watch them “grow up”.

    We’re anticipating a new baby in late August. I’ll admit I’ve had lots of struggle embracing motherhood over the past year or two. It’s hard.

    The point I’m making is that, for me… it’s easier for me to get all whallowed up in the mundane and “hard” things of motherhood – rather then to notice more how quickly they are growing up before my very eyes. My days are getting shorter… and, I’m only the one to blame for not enjoying the little “special” moments – sooner and oftener.

    I hope this made sense.

  3. carmen says:

    awe, I’ve never read this before.
    A very good read indeed!

    What I didn’t miss….? this evening supper on the screen porch and watching our littles as they played, and then telling Lee how I could just watch and watch Elyse the last while. She’s just so fun to watch as she is developing her own personality and growing up into such a little lady. Then watching as my baby splashed in a puddle until he was ALL wet, dirty and cute looking. Having a wonderful conversation with my man. Tonight just seemed extra rich – even though it was pretty much just the norm. …… Maybe because I was in such good company today? I really enjoyed the lunch/park/conversations!

  4. clarita says:

    Wow, this is incredible! I hadn’t read the article before, but wow, no one recognized Joshua Bell, in Washington D.C. of all places?? That is unbelievable!

    Such an interesting thought to ponder though… What ARE we missing? That’s very challenging…

    It convicts me this morning, because yesterday I took no time to read to my girls, and they’re part of the Summer Reading Program at the library. It’s yard sale prep, so my days are not normally so crazy as yesterday and what today will be like, but still… Even in the busyness, I don’t want to miss the little moments of joy…

    Thanks for posting this!

  5. Dora Yoder says:

    Loved this! Very thot provoking! The first thot I had was how many times have I missed Jesus in my day? I’ve thot of that many times (esp at Christmas) would I have been one of the “too busy” people in Bethlehem to notice Him? am I one of those people?

  6. kristy says:

    hmmmm…. today i didn’t miss the “silence” when I was home alone. It was divine! 🙂 and last night as we drove through down-town i just was going off about the lights in the trees lining the streets. it was beauty……

  7. Shelley says:

    Amazing! What a challenge to stop and enjoy the beauty all around us.

  8. Anna Miller says:

    I love this… thanks for posting it. I hadn’t read it before either. I have several specific friends that I can think of right now, who LOVE beauty and make everything more beautiful around them. Sometimes I can get a little irritated at them because it seems like the “setting” has to be perfect before they can enjoy themselves. In yet, so often they remind me to stop and enjoy the beauty around me and the moment. So I am so grateful God placed them in my life- to make me appreciate beauty more and the fact that it is all around me, if I just take the time to stop and notice it.

    Something that was beautiful to me today that I did take time to enjoy, was when I was rocking our 2 yr. old before bedtime, we sang our normal routine song, “I love you, you love me. We’re a happy family with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me too”. and she takes her binky out of her mouth to plant a big slobbery kiss on my cheek and said “I wub you mom” Yes, I melted into a puddle on the floor 🙂

  9. Di says:

    I was rushing through the post just because I knew the ending was going to be remarkable. 😉 There ya go!

    Because of my rush about habit I KNOW i miss out on SO many good/beautiful things everyday. As a mother raising two growing boys, I really can not afford to rush around as I do.

    Thanks for sharing! ~ Di

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