Normally I don't get into BYU Sports but this year I have been very active. Maybe it's because it's my senior year. Maybe it's because they upped the prices of All-Sports Passes and I feel the need to get my money's worth. Or maybe it's because Jimmer is looking so fine these days. Either way, this always pumps me up.
...be one of those women who say, "I'm not worried about money because my husband is going to be a doctor/lawyer/politician/ wealthy investment banker/etc." "Oh, where did he get his MBA or go to law school/medical school/etc?" "Well he still has 2 years of His undergraduate left."
1. Richard G. Scott said, "Spirituality yields two fruits. The first in inspiriation to know what to do. The second is power, or the capacity to do it. These two capacities come together... Yes God answers prayer and gives us spiritual direction when we live obediently and exercise the require faith in Him."
2. The violinist in the subway...
WashingtonDC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007:
The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. 6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. 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 all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly. 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.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. 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 inBoston where the seats averaged $100.This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.
The question is: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
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?
Stop a while and breathe in the life all around you for 20 seconds that could change your day completely.
There will be pearls around my neck that we picked out just because. My apron will hang underneath them flawlessly, stained with flour and potatoes because I am cooking for my neighbor who just had a baby and can't make dinner for her family. Pot roast and pie. It will be warm outside and when he comes in there will be a single bead of sweat on His brow. We will embrace and be flooded with memories of the years we've spent together. No where in those memories will be the heartache we experienced to find each other. Long gone will be the thoughts of loneliness and worry and that he wouldn't find me. We will sit and laugh about the day and the neighbors and the dog and go to the gym and play games and wonder if it is possible to actually feel this way.