Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
June 26, 2007

Note for the MS&D Side Bar: If you enjoy Morning Story and Dilbert
 you will like "Suspended Coffee".  
  It's full of real life uplifting stories.... 
   Kenny  T

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 an old 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 a 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 what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.  The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what else the great master played, only the classic, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Perhaps that’s the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy.
We try our best, but the results aren’t always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life’s work can truly be beautiful.

The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully.  You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit.” “Keep playing.”

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14 comments
  1. Joel said:

    Wonderful. We should all approach those we encounter this way.

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  2. Lyn said:

    You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit.” “Keep playing.” That last line reduced me to tears.

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  3. Post is very timely and encouraging. Thank you! This was just what I needed to “keep playing”.

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  4. Wonderful post. *reaching for the kleenex*

    At the same time, aren’t we prone to talk about how well we played?

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  5. This story is always worthy of a repeat read. Heard it before, read it before, and will enjoy another time reading it.

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    • This story kind of captured my senses. I can see the Mom with her child, at the concert, looking away for just that short time and the son is GONE!!!! Oh My Goodness!!! LOL

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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  6. bwcarey said:

    just as the master ordered, care is greater when time is shared

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  7. LOVE this one! I’m a mediocre musician, and I understand how a grandmaster can improve a performance 🙂

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