Mamajojo's Muse

"Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say; here am I.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58: 6-11

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Thanks to Allison Rahs for passing this on!


Something To Think About....*

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 3 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 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.*

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 D.C. 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

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?*