Lesson of Life

I came across this story after many years, a beautiful story of inspiration and encouragement. To keep you in the loop, Ignacy Jan Paderewski was a Polish pianist, composer, politican and the second Prime Minister of Poland.

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 the 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.  And the audience was mesmerized.

The lesson:  Whatever our situation in life and history — however outrageous, however desperate, whatever dry spell of the spirit, whatever dark night of the soul — God is whispering deep within our beings, “Don’t quit. Keep playing. You are not alone. Together we will transform the broken  patterns into a masterwork of My creative art. Together, we will mesmerize the world.”

— Author unknown

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  1. Lovely story– thank you for sharing!

  2. Joseph Drew

     /  September 30, 2011

    How wonderful. Thanks for telling this story.
    Joe Drew


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