A mother, wishing to encourage her son’s progress at the piano, bought tickets to a performance to be given by one of the greatest pianists of the era.
When the evening arrived, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on the stage. Soon the mother found a friend to talk to, and the boy slipped away.
At eight o’clock, the lights in the auditorium began to dim, the spotlights came on, and only then did they notice the boy – up on the piano bench, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
His mother gasped in shock and embarrassment but before she could retrieve her son, the master himself appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard.
He whispered gently to the boy, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Leaning over, the great pianist reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass accompaniment. Soon his right arm reached around the other side and improvised a delightful obbligato.
Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized with their blended and beautiful music.
Monday Morning Perspective
“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” -Les Brown
In all our lives, we receive helping hands – some we notice, and some we don’t. Equally we ourselves have countless opportunities to provide helping hands to others.
I’ve been in a position to keenly notice the helping hands in my life these past few months with my husband deployed to Afghanistan, and I must admit that I’m incredibly thankful for those people who have come into my life and been pillars of support and friendship when the all-to-common deployment snafus arise. You know you’ve found a true friend when they accept you at your worst, support you in your dreams, and never keep a tally of the ways they’ve shown you kindness. These friends are rare and most precious, but I’m blessed to have them.
When the story above hit my inbox, I realized than I’ve been both the pianist and the child. We enrich each other’s lives through simple gifts of time and patience, the transfer of knowledge, and often from the lending of a hand.
Little of what we achieve is done without learning from others. Likewise, we benefit from friendships that challenge us and keep us growing. Sometimes we’ll be like the child- ready to receive help and assistance. Other times we’ll be prepared to be the master- when lending our gifts to others will make even our music all the sweeter.
The real mastery comes in sharing what we receive with others. When you find yourself giving, you notice you’re getting too.
Have a wonderful week!
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