For those of us in positions of authority…a lot of people around us look up to us as role models. Taking the time out to invest in their dreams is a way of “paying it forward”.
A mother wished to encourage her small girl’s interest in the piano and so took her to a local concert featuring an excellent pianist.
At the entrance foyer, the mother met an old friend and the two stopped to talk. The little girl was keen to look inside the hall and so wandered off, unnoticed by her mother. The girl’s mother became concerned when she entered the hall and could see no sign of her daughter.
Staff were notified and an announcement was made asking the audience to look out for the little lost girl. With the concert due to start, the little girl had still not been found.
In preparation for the pianist’s entrance, the curtains drew aside, to reveal the little girl sitting at the great piano, focused in concentration, quietly picking out the notes of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.
The audience’s amusement turned to curiosity when the pianist entered the stage, walked up to the little girl, and said “Keep playing.“
The pianist sat down beside her, listened for a few seconds, and whispered some more words of encouragement. He then began quietly to play a bass accompaniment, and then a few bars later reached around the little girl to add more accompaniments.
At the end of the impromptu performance the audience applauded loudly as the pianist took the little girl back to her seat to be reunited with her mother. The experience was inspirational for everyone, not least the small girl.
It takes just a few moments to make somebody’s day, to help someone with their own personal aims and dreams – especially someone who looks up to you for encouragement and support.