Spreading Good News (Part 385 – Are You Rushing Through Life?)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.

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OUR GOOD, SHORT BOOKS

THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place”

Eleanor Jones of Pasadena, California, says, “I recently had the opportunity to read this book and was VERY IMPRESSED!!!  The diversity and dynamics of the content alone are worth its weight in gold.  Not only is this book a GREAT educational tool in schools for our youth today, but it’s a book (and story) that can be shared in our church Sunday School classes and in our own homes.  It’s rich in history and offers encouragement for the present and the future.”

Read the preview and other reviews for “THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place” and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

 

VIEW OUR CABLE TV AD HERE:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXHTT8NGT8

Our Books Are Now Available in Apple’s iBookstore!!

Four of our books are now available in Apple’s iBookstore for immediate download to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod!  Here are the titles and the Apple iBookstore links:

My  15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/my-15-dogs/id443785321?mt=11

 

THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257365388

LINE OF SERENITY

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257176359

MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257197934

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VISIT OUR ONLINE STORE!

WORLD PEACE” shirts/hats/mugs, etc., “LIFE QUOTE” shirts, and “MEANINGFUL MESSAGES” (cards that address serious issues—incarceration, terminal illness, bullying/peer pressure, etc.) available at http://www.zazzle.com/emrosecreations! Something for everyone–dog shirt, too!  Browse and order today!!

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TODAY’S QUOTE

IF YOU’RE INVOLVED IN A MESS, LOOK AT YOURSELF FIRST.  ~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

My cousin, Lizz Jones, sent me this wonderful piece.  It struck a cord in me, and I hope it does the same for you!

Are You Rushing Through Life?

 

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 three 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 six 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 DC 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?

 

NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed this piece, send the link to others.  Thanks!!

If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334 (scroll down).

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~ Joyce Fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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