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Everyone you meet has value

  On January 12, 2007, it was a Friday, shortly before 8 a.m., a young man wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap walked into the “Langfang Plaza” outside the subway station in Washington, DC. And opened the violin box. He put the opened box under his feet, threw a few dollars in, turned his head and faced the office workers who were constantly vomiting at the subway entrance, and began to play.
  After 63 people passed by the violinist with their heads up, a man finally turned his head briefly as he passed by. A few seconds later, a woman threw in the first donation-$1. When the performance reached 6 minutes, a person stood against a nearby wall and listened to him.
  In the 43 minutes that the violinist played, 7 people stopped and listened for at least 1 minute. 27 people put money into the box. 1,070 people hurried past him, although only a few steps away, they did not seem to see or hear the musician’s performance.
  What these people rushing to work didn’t know was that they could have enjoyed a concert for free that morning. The performer was the world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. He played some of the best music– Used is a violin made by Strativarius in 1713. This is a street performance specially arranged by the “Washington Post” for the purpose of experimenting. Will people stop and notice the beauty of music during the busy shuttle during the rush hour? Aren’t there more people who lined up in front of the kiosk at the top of the nearby escalator, waiting to buy the lottery ticket?
  ”It’s a strange feeling, so many people actually… didn’t notice me.” Bell said with a laugh. During the 43 minutes he played that day, he made $32.17. In his regular performances, his talent will bring him $1,000 a minute.
  Those who rush to work ignore Joshua Bell’s value as a violinist, and our busyness often makes us lose sight of the value of those around us. In fact, we meet elegant and talented people every day. Everyone has their own immeasurable value. Only when we spend time observing and listening, we will not pass by someone who is playing like wearing earplugs. The world-class violinist does not know it. If we understand that everyone we meet has value, we are more likely to treat him politely.

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