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 I just   received this in an email and thought it would be a good thing to share  here......... I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.       &nbs
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PERCEPTION

posted at 2/8/2012 9:41 PM EST
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 I just received this in an email and thought it would be a good thing to share  here.........
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.                   

                      PERCEPTION
THE SITUATION In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this 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.
 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 time.
This action was repeated by several other children, but every 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 pace. The man collected a total of $32.
After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no 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 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. This experiment raised several questions:
In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? If so, do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context? 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 as we rush through life?
Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date

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posted at 2/8/2012 11:09 PM EST
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HiNANCY G GRANA  here; Thanks for posting this sad; interesting & unfortunately believable story of how we don't fuluy take advantage of all  life has to offer.I hope we all learn a lesson from this story; thanks again
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 I just   received this in an email and thought it would be a good thing to share  here......... I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.                                          PERCEPTION THE SITUATION In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this 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.  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 time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every 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 pace. The man collected a total of $32. After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no 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 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. This experiment raised several questions: In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? If so, do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context? 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 as we rush through life? Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date
Posted by Nancy G

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posted at 2/8/2012 11:36 PM EST
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Thanks for sharing, Nancy. This is a good reminder to live each day to its fullest.

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posted at 2/9/2012 12:00 AM EST
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Sounds like it's time for everybody to "stop and smell the roses".  Thanks for sharing Nancy.

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posted at 2/9/2012 12:07 AM EST
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Nancy, This was an awesome and sad true story. I think we should take the
time and live life to the fullest. Thank you for sharing!!

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posted at 2/9/2012 12:19 AM EST
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Nancy:  Thank you for sharing.  More people should read this.

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posted at 2/9/2012 4:55 AM EST
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Thanks Nancy,So many people walk past beauty everyday of their lives and never notice it.Some are under the impression that you have to spend a lot of money in order to have what they just listened to for nothing.I have had some of the finest food in the world! Where? Sitting on the bank of my favorite lake fishing with my dad eating one of his salami sandwiches with a cup of plain black coffee poured out of his not so fancy thermoses.

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posted at 2/9/2012 9:28 AM EST
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this describes most of us--as we rush willy-nilly through life---we miss out on so many things that we later treasure----or wish we could experience once again--------and regret that we have no more time with our loved ones who've passed

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posted at 2/9/2012 9:34 AM EST
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A friend sent me this film about this incident
www.youtube.com%http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DhnOPu0_YWhw&sigr=11ae8d4g7&newfp=1&***=Stop+and+Hear+the+Music

I wonder if this complicated http will work?
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NO, IT WON'T WORK. It contains a "word" not allowed.   LOL LOL -- not a real word - just a funny 3 letters that describe the upper part of a woman's body.

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posted at 2/9/2012 10:11 AM EST
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I had seen this story before - it is a sad reminder of how we so often miss some of the best in life because we are too busy to pay attention.

The other day there was an e-mail concerning our lack of appreciating the world around us.  A person asked to hear God and a bird sang, asked to see God and there was a rainbow in the sky and other beautiful happenings while the person cried "God why don't you answer me?"  We need to look and hear and pay attention to our daily blessings.

I wish I could have been in the station.  I just have to play my CD of Joshua Bell.  In person would be a wonderful treat for my ears.

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posted at 2/9/2012 10:37 AM EST
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thanks for sharing

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posted at 2/9/2012 10:42 AM EST
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In Response to Re: PERCEPTION:
Thanks Nancy,So many people walk past beauty everyday of their lives and never notice it.Some are under the impression that you have to spend a lot of money in order to have what they just listened to for nothing.I have had some of the finest food in the world! Where? Sitting on the bank of my favorite lake fishing with my dad eating one of his salami sandwiches with a cup of plain black coffee poured out of his not so fancy thermoses.
Posted by gale g

Thank so for sharing!  The older I get the more I am aware that life is so short..........

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posted at 2/9/2012 12:12 PM EST
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Thanks for sharing. Everyone should read this. I copied and sentto all my email buddies.

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posted at 2/9/2012 4:40 PM EST
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Thanks for the reminder that life is short and we should stop and enjoy it more often.

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posted at 2/9/2012 6:46 PM EST
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In Response to Re: PERCEPTION:
A friend sent me this film about this incident www.youtube.com% http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DhnOPu0_YWhw&sigr=11ae8d4g7&newfp=1& *** =Stop+and+Hear+the+Music I wonder if this complicated http will work? ..................................................................................... NO, IT WON'T WORK . It contains a "word" not allowed.   LOL LOL -- not a real word - just a funny 3 letters that describe the upper part of a woman's body.
Posted by Nancy G


I clicked and it worked.

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posted at 2/10/2012 4:47 AM EST
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It worked for me also.Thanks for sharing.

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posted at 2/10/2012 6:09 AM EST
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Why are we all in such a hurry? It is wonderful when you can stop and use your God-given senses and enjoy his blessings.

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posted at 2/10/2012 7:52 AM EST
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I certainly would have stopped to listen.  I love music like that.  Just last night hubby  and i went to a string quartet concert.  The musicians have played all over the world.

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posted at 2/10/2012 8:26 AM EST
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I certainly would have stopped to listen.  I love music like that.  Just last night hubby  and i went to a string quartet concert.  The musicians have played all over the world.
Posted by JUDY O


ME TOO!!!  I love music!  We had the opportunity to go to Tops In Blue 2 weeks ago and it was awesome! 

Re: PERCEPTION

posted at 2/10/2012 12:36 PM EST
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I suspect many of the people were in a hurry.  It is sad that they could not take a short break to listen to the wonderful music.
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