Here’s a terrific story about gratitude and creativity from Lesli Laskinreese :
Itzhak Perlman, the story goes, who was crippled from polio, once gave a concert using only 3 strings of his violin. After making the long trek across the stage to his seat, he began to play and almost immediately broke a string on his violin, leaving him with 3 strings to perform his first solo as well as the rest of the symphony. Rather than stopping to repair the string, he signaled the conductor to continue and he played his solo, creatively rearranging the music as he needed to keep the song together. He finished the symphony with his usual passion and artistry and sat quietly for a moment as the audience looked on, somewhat stunned by his spontaneous display of ingenuity and talent. Then as a whole they jumped to their feet, clapping and cheering wildly. Perlman raised his bow to signal for quiet. “You know,” he said, “sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much beautiful music you can still make with what you have left.” He was grateful for the 3 strings he had left and using his creativity and ingenuity performed above and beyond.
What do you have to be grateful for today?