Day 110 Question 110:
Can you tell me about an incident of a kind act done by a complete stranger?
This weekend is a hectic one. I have a college graduation party for a friend that I am so proud of. She is working to be an Early Education teacher and there could not be anyone more perfect for the job. In my life I have been on the giving and receiving end of kind acts done by perfect strangers. I decided here to share a story that nearly brought me to tears while trekking along on the elliptical at the gym (This is not my story or anyone I know…it was a piece I found while surfing around online). I wanted everyone to read this and enjoy their Saturday with a big smile on their face. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. :0)
A Little Boy At A Big Piano
Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.
Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door
marked “NO ADMITTANCE.” When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on
the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw
her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”
Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.
That’s the way it is in life. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t exactly graceful flowing music. But when we trust in the hands of a Greater Power, our life’s work truly can be beautiful.
Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”