Are You Enjoying Your Life in Real?
The question is “Are you enjoying your life?”
“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly, he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3-year-old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes, the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk at their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.”
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater here in Boston where the seats averaged $100. (ref. http://awesomevideomakers.com/joshua-bell-subway-video/)
Sonu Nigam, the popular singer, also did the same experiment in Mumbai.
Are you enjoying your life in real? I mean, do you appreciate delicious food, a spectacular sunset, good artistic painting or a petrichor (the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil) or rhythmical and exquisite, wonderfully harmonious and joyous or gloriously melodious music?
Most of the people are busy in their routine life. Even our senses/sensors have become blunt or obtuse. We were born artists, as Mr. Picaso said. We are busy in our routine life and forget to enjoy life. Life is very short. In the end, when I ask myself, did I live my life, then the smile should be on my face.
My objective of this website is to sharpen, hone your sensors, your eyes, your ears, your noses. Some exercises to remove filters, which are applied unknowingly, to your senses and brain. These exercises will also enhance creativity, not only for art but also for your decision making in business and in your daily life. Your right brain will work more.
I read almost 250+ books on creativity and art appreciation. I learned watercolor painting at the age of 48, not to become an artist, but to get the feel of various shades of greens and blues. I play the Indian classical flute.
I am selfish. Through this website, I will discover my own enjoyment and also creativity.
I think it is good to discuss our senses first, to understand the complexity of their way of working in short. My next post will be on the senses.
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