So last day a famous Indian musician/singer, Sonu Nigam partook in a social experiment. Basically he dressed up as an old, ragged, homeless-looking man and started playing a Harmonium and singing on the side of the rod. Obviously, one would expect at least a hundred people to crowd around him because his voice is angelic almost. But, less than 20 people might have paused to listen and even lesser people actually gave a damn. ONE person cared enough to tell him how brilliant his voice was, gave him some money and asked if he’d had breakfast.
So, my dad and I were discussing this and he told me the story about Joshua Bell on whose experiment this is based on. So Bell is a famous violinist who apparently sold tickets to his concerts for up to a lakh (INR 1,00,000) and sometimes even more than that. However, when he started playing at a railway station, no one seemed to care (video below). The reason is quite simple actually.
We are all so very aimed at reaching certain places and doing certain things on time that we forget to stop for the smaller things. ‘
Just imagine yourself, on your way to work, in the morning – your priority is getting to work on time, finishing up that report you need to submit and preparing for that afternoon presentation. If you are on your way to class,your thoughts are on the portions you have revised for the test, the assignments that are due tomorrow and getting that caffeine into your system ASAP. So it really is understandable why you might forget to stop to smile at a lady in the bus or pat a dog on the sidewalk or even listen to the man singing /playing the violin. In a way it’s good that we prioritize things, it makes us focused individuals.
But is life’s worth counted on amount of focus we have in life? I’d say life ‘s worth is counted on the simple things. Like today, my day was worthwhile because I was woken up with kissies from my mom, had brilliant chai with breakfast, watched some Graham Norton videos which made me laugh and had a ‘irritate dad by being annoying’ session. Had I locked myself up in my room to write a research paper I may have missed out on all those small things, but I may have finished a paper. Focused worker v. being available for ‘fun’. It is tough , that choice.
What’s more worthwhile to you ? Decide that and then make life’s decisions. I care about the smaller things, so next time I am walking back home from the bus stop, you’ll surely see me stopping to smell the flowers on the way (Maybe not literally, I have allergies, but you get the point. 😛 )
Watch the Joshua Bell video here:-
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