They say that you never really stop learning in life. “You learn something new everyday,” is probably a phrase that most of us have heard at least once, and on many days, it’s true. While it isn’t sit-down-and-study-history-facts, as we get older, it is most often just simple lessons in life. What have you learned recently? This piano teacher learned something that has been passed down for years, and now it is your turn to read her story!
He was a young boy who lived with his elderly mother. His mother wanted him to learn how to play the piano because she longed to hear her son play for her.
She sent her son to a piano teacher who took Robby in under her guidance. However, there was one small problem because Robby was not musically inclined and therefore was very slow in learning.
The teacher did not have much faith in the boy because of his weakness. The mother was very enthusiastic and every week she would send Robby to the teacher.
One day Robby stopped attending the piano lessons. The teacher thought that he had given up and in fact she was quite pleased since she did not give much hope to Robby.
Not long after, the piano teacher was given the task to organize a piano concert in town. She sent out circulars to invite the students and public to attend the event. Suddenly, she received a call from Robby who offered to take part in the concert. The teacher told Robby that he was not good enough and that he was no longer a student since he had stopped coming for lessons.
Robby begged her to give him a chance and promised that he would not let her down. Finally, she gave in and she put him to play last, hoping that he will change his mind at the last minute.
When the big day came, the hall was packed and the children gave their best performance. Finally, it was Robby’s turn to play and as his name was announced, he walked in. He was not in proper attire and his hair was not properly groomed.
The teacher was really nervous since Robby’s performance could spoil the whole evening’s brilliant performance.
As Robby started playing the crowd became silent and was amazed at the skill of this little boy. In fact, he gave the best performance of the evening. At the end of his presentation, the crowd and the piano teacher gave him a standing ovation.
The crowd asked Robby how he managed to play so brilliantly.
With a microphone in front of him, he said, “I was not able to attend the weekly piano lessons as there was no one to send me because my mother was sick with cancer. She just passed away this morning and I wanted her to hear me play. You see, this is the first time she is able to hear me play because when she was alive, she had lost her hearing. Now I know that she is listening to me. I have to play my best for her!”
The moral of this story isn’t that you can suddenly become a master at something that takes years to learn. The story is telling us that when we put our heart and soul into something, people can tell. He was probably playing a heartfelt rendition of Amazing Grace – no one told us what he was playing – but he played it with every bit of his soul! He may have missed notes. He may have cried. Either way, the crowd could tell that he was doing his best, and that is the way that we should live our lives every day!
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