Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Special Moments! Mimi Barbour's Christmas Wishes...

Together for Christmas

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Special Moments...

This is the time of the year when we all become so busy that we sometimes forget what this season is about. Recently, I received an e-mail that clutched at me, and made me take notice. It was about a violinist playing his instrument in the Washington, DC Metro Station. During the time he played, approximately 2,000 people went through the area, most of them on their way to work. One or two stopped to listen for a short while, an older man the longest. A few people threw money, but the ones who acknowledged him the most were the little ones with busy parents who forced them along so they couldn’t stay and listen.

After 1 hour he finished playing and silence took over, no applause, no recognition and a very few dollars for his trouble. No one knew that this man called Joshua Bell was one of the greatest violinists in the world, who played some of the most intricate pieces ever written for a violin, and this day he played on an instrument worth $3.5 million dollars. 

The Washington Post had organized this experiment to answer this question. In a commonplace environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty and stop to appreciate it? It raised the uncertainty - if we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the world’s best musicians, playing some of the finest music ever written, on one of the most beautiful instruments ever made - how many other things are we missing?

The thought scares me a little. I get so caught up in my writing, editing, promoting, and blogging - in fact - all the many time consuming tasks most authors have, that I must admit, it’s easy to let the world float on by. But should we? And at this time of the year especially? So my request to all you wonderful readers is to stop for a while, enjoy the special moments the season of Yuletide brings us and spoil yourself with pleasures and joy.

Until we meet again in the New Year, I wish you and your families all - a warm, wonderful, happy Christmas. And lots and lots of chocolate!

I'll be giving away 3 free e-copies of my Christmas Book
Together for Christmas as long as you leave a comment and your e-mail address. Thanks for joing the Mid-Winters Eve Hop.


  1. Thanks for participating in this hop, from Oasis for YA!! Nice giveaway! Have a great holiday.


  2. Thanks for the giveaway


  3. Happy Holidays & thanks for the giveaway!


  4. Count me in. Sounds great!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah if applicable!

  6. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  7. What a beautiful story!
    And it rings so true.
    Thank you for sharing. That's all that we really need – human connection on the daily basis to notice all things beautiful.

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  8. Thank you for the giveaway and a Merry Christmas


  9. Thanks so much for your giveaway.


  10. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

    This story gave me chills, and is so true. What little and beautiful things are we missing in our busy lives.


  11. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway...

  14. It's sad that people are so busy they can't stop and listen or smell the roses. Everyone is always rushing and don't take time for the beautiful things around them.
    Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  15. I would love to read it. :)

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  16. It makes me wonder if I would have taken the time to stop and listen, I'd like to think that I would have, but I'm honestly not sure. I do agree, we should definitely take the time to find the beauty in the everyday surprises and the small things that so often go unnoticed. Happy Holidays and I hope that in 2012, you are able to find the time for those priceless moments!

  17. Thank you for the excellent giveaway. I hope you are having a safe and joyous holiday season. I would love to read your book.

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  18. Profound post. I'd like to think I would have listened, mesmerized by the beauty of that lyrical music as enthralled as the children...
    Merry Christmas!
    Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful Mid-winter's Eve Blog Hop Giveaway!

  19. I love any Christmas-based books!

  20. Thanks for the chance. Your book sounds darling:)
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  21. Thank you for the giveaway and Best wishes for 2012.

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  22. Thank you to everyone who left comments for this blog and I'd like to announce the winners as Brendajean, wyantebay and Adri. Hope you all have a great and safe time over New Years and that the next 12 months bring you everything you ever wanted! xo Mimi