Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date Janice Roosevelt, Keller Williams PA & DE

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Brandywine Valley PARS273421 & De Lic.


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
 jroosevelt@kw.com

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Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
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What an eye opener! Unfortunately we all are on such rushed schedules. I would believe the tourist would stop and listen, they are not in such a hurry. Isn't great that the children would have stopped until they too are programmed to rush on.

Feb 11, 2011 12:16 AM #1
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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WOW...what a great lesson that we often get way too busy with the hustle/bustle of life to notice beauty, talent, and the wonders of life all around us!  Giving this a nudge Janice.

Feb 11, 2011 12:16 AM #2
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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Perception is everything, just like the millionaire going to the bank in rag clothes and asking for his parking ticket to be validated .. was refused so he moved his accounts.  Also it another side note - when in concert you have a captive audience, one who has come to sit still and enjoy the moment.  The the outside world we tend to focus on many things and don't take time to pause and enjoy a beautiful moment.  Love the post!

Feb 11, 2011 12:17 AM #3
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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I guess it all goes back to value...the free concert has no value because we did not have to give anything for it.  This would go in the same category as the sun set or sun rise that we all miss daily.

Feb 11, 2011 12:29 AM #4
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Kathy, I agree, children can teach us much if we pay attention

Feb 11, 2011 01:00 AM #5
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
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Anita, I looking for beauty all throughout my day today

Feb 11, 2011 01:00 AM #6
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Connie, great comments about how your intentions in the outside world are often far away from what may be truly importnat

Feb 11, 2011 01:01 AM #7
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Gwen, hmmm, probably an anaolgy to the services of realtors in there as well :)

Feb 11, 2011 01:02 AM #8
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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I heard this story.  It is amazing.  I think, though, if you are playing at a station you are on your way somewhere and have a schedule, so I don't think this is a fair experiment.  But it was interesting.

Feb 11, 2011 07:53 AM #9
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Janice

It's an outstanding post and I suggested for a feature.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 11, 2011 09:51 AM #10
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Jane:

Two definitions I found of "fair" reasonable or unbiased: not exhibiting any bias, and therefore reasonable or impartial "a fair decision" 2.  done properly: done according to the rules "fair and free elections"

I would think it a reasonable experiment, and done properly, as well, we have the choice to notice what is around us, or to have tunnel vision. i'm learning that about mindfulness meditation - When we meditate - it's not to create some  kind of tunnel to an altered state - it's to be able to be in the midst of whatever is going on around us - such as what happens in a train station, yet be able to choose where we place our attention.  - It is the repetition of certain choices hat create habits.

For me, this experiment shows how so many of us, and I would say that means me, often condition myself to ignore what is right in my way and probably better than anything I think I could create for myself. Does that make sense?

Feb 12, 2011 10:49 AM #11
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Lou, I am deeply honored. High praise coming from you. Namaste

Feb 12, 2011 10:49 AM #12
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I remember hearing about this ! thanks for retelling a great story !!!!!!!!!!

Feb 14, 2011 06:43 AM #13
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Celesta Funk
KELLER WILLIAMS Realty - Millersville, PA

I don't think I would have recognized him either ! Great story !!!!!!!!

Feb 14, 2011 11:43 AM #14
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Just stopping by to wish you a great day!

Dolores and Roy Kelley visited Longwood Gardens on Saturday, February 12, 2011 for the Orchid Extravaganza exhibit. Canon PowerShot S90 camera. Photograph by Dolores Kelley.

Feb 15, 2011 12:00 AM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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In 2006, my daughter, 16 year old grandson, and I, went to London for 10 days.  There were often street musicians in the London Underground (subway system).  I remember one particular violinist that looked very much like the guy pictured, that was extraordinary.  My grandson always put a pound or two in his can.  I can still hear his music echoing off the walls of the tunnels.

Feb 15, 2011 05:43 AM #16
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