How often do you look up? For that matter, how often do you look at anything and really see it?
By now you likely have heard about the Washington Post’s subway experiment where world renowned violinist Joshua Bell, disguised as just another street musician, played music during morning rush hour in a Washington DC metro station. Every time I watch the Joshua Bell subway video it makes me cry. In 43 minutes of playing some of the most beautiful music ever written, 1,097 people – most on their way to work – walked right on by. The few that listened dropped a grand total of $32.17 into Joshua Bell’s hat. Only one woman recognized him. Never did a crowd gather. If we are unable to break out of our daily trance when moments like Joshua Bell emerge, what else are we missing in our life?
We currently live in a world consumed by speed, instant gratification, and crazy schedules. I believe our lifestyles contribute significantly to not seeing the truth and beauty that is right in front of us. I cry because we miss our kid’s smile, the squirrel scampering across the fence, the smell of rain, the warmth of the sun. Everyday we hurry around in our own bubbles of busyness, missing out on the life that is right in front of us.
Sometimes, all you need to do is look up to see something amazing.