Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pearls Before Breakfast

Oh my word. Love-LOVED this article. Stumbled on it randomly and was dying to share it with anyone who might appreciate it...which is one of the beautiful things about blogging. By posting something on the internet, you can share it with everyone – or possibly no one.

This appealed to so many of the things tucked away in the corners of my soul – love of music and acknowledgment of its divine attributes, appreciation for a sophisticated use of language to clearly articulate an enduring principle, and a longing for increased attention to refinery and reverence in everyday life.

It intrigues me – the thought of a master standing amidst a crowd of unsuspecting passersby who do not have ears to hear – so focused on what they think is important that they miss the eternally significant. (Why does this scenario sound so familiar?) As I read, the question came: Which of the wanderers am I? The one who is stirred enough by the 'soul speak' to pause and take note or the one who moves on unawares, too busy to be bothered? And more than that: Do I actively "seek after" the things that really are "virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy" so that I more readily recognize them, or do I merely trip over them if they happen to make their way onto my path and curse the obstruction to my narrow view?

Read it: Pearls Before Breakfast. You won't be disappointed.

8 comments:

Tania said...

I totally read this article when it came out since I am a Washington Post reader :) It really intrigued me, too. I even tried to get tickets to see him, but no luck. Aren't you proud I even tried? I also tried to get tickets to see Boyz II Men....I'm glad you are alive.

danielle said...

how did i miss this article? thanks for sharing it with those of us still living under a rock. and for that matter, thanks for sharing what lurks beneath the fortress.

Scott said...

That was a really interesting read. I wonder what I would have done. Probably I would have already been 7 minutes late and WANTED to stop, but been unable to do so.

English said...

Beautiful.

Sam said...

Hey Chelsea,

The Mortensen guy who stopped and came back is in my Dad's ward. The author, Gene Weingarten, just did some follow up research in which he (Weingarten) went to the same station and played really bad harmonica to test what reaction he'd get. I'll let you know when he publishes the response.

Jules said...

I loved this article, too. One of my favorite parts after watching the video clips on the internet was that all the kids paid attention. After reading this it makes me take more notice of my surroundings and stop every once in a while so I can catch even a minute of beauty--be it music, nature, words, or just some interaction between people.

yellowgazelle said...

i like that article! i shared with all i know who would appreciate it. where are your more recent blogs?!

Marnie said...

I, too, loved this article. When will you blog again? What else are you reading? I need some good book ideas, fiction and non-fiction.