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Take time !!!

If you never take time , how will you have time !!!

Anyways.. from time to time I try and take some time off and appreciate things I usually miss on daily fast track  ‘life in a metro’.. specially if that metro is Mumbai !!!

What I do in that time is not going to be an interesting read anyways,  but i ll just post a very popular experiment on perceptions but the lesson i derive out of it is that of “taking time”

Most of the people I know have not heard or read about this experiment to my surprise because it have been in past a very hot topic for forwarded mails.. Here goes the experiment

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 $200 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?

A beautiful experiment indeed.. 

Here is the youtube link for the same.

Our deepest fear ??

I remember watching this movie named “Coach Carter” during my graduation years and heard the coach (played brillantly by Samuel Jackson) asking his players about their deepest fear and then one of the player coming up with this reply..

” ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?… Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do… It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This is one of the better statement i have come across. Something that always reminds me of the importance of living fearlessly and dreaming big ….

P.S : “The original source of the above statement is a book ,” A return to love ” by Marianne Williamson.

Life is adventurous for those who are Insatiable and have unlimited curiosity. For people like that, there is never a dull moment. There will be easy, interesting and amazing times and there will be hard, disastrous events but never a dull one..And its one beautiful thing to have. Mix this curiosity with big dreams and you will have a hell of a cocktail.

So here I welcome everyone and share my thoughts and how I see everyday events or what I have gone through in my experiences in various facets of life be it Work life , business or any other thing which I have interest in ( I have loads of them !!! )

Till then .. “Be insatiable and Dream On”