Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Lovely People

A couple days ago, a facebook acquaintance posted this video. I'm a sap. I was weeping into my morning coffee. The people are so lovely, aren't they?

There are so many un-lovely things happening in the world right now, but in the midst of all that, there is loveliness. 

Today, a professional photographer sat down with me for two hours and taught me about my camera. Two hours, and he refused payment. I took a loaf of zucchini bread anyway. 

I'm really touched by that generosity of spirit. 

It reminds me, I suppose, that all of us are called to be loveliness in these times. We can all impart some kindness to our corners of the world. 

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  1. That is a beautiful story and that young man is extremely gifted! I really needed to watch this tonight and see the kindness and generosity.

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    1. I think the world is starved for things like this.

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  2. That was such a nice story.

    I hope you retain most of what the professional showed you. I need a person like that.

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    1. Andrew, he told me that I would NOT retain all of it...and to feel free to call him any time. How wonderful is THAT?!!!

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  3. Lovely video. That little boy will be famous one day!

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    1. It really is beautiful. I love when the little boy calls himself a miracle.

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  4. There are indeed some lovely people out there - cream rises to the top. I could do with some help with my new camera - or at least I need to sit down and read how to do things with it.

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    1. Your dog rescue proves to me that you are cream, friend!

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  5. So good to see that. You might like to check out on YouTube the playing of Derek Paravicini, a blind, autistic pianist.

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    1. I have seen him, and it is extemely moving to me, a reminder that each of us has a gift tucked inside of us. Love brings that gift to the world.

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  6. When that little boy's benefactor said "We're family now".. whew, it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing Debby. 👍

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    1. And the family said it right back, didn't they? "We're family now." Generosity guarantees that what we give comes back to us.

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  7. Wow, a two-hour private photography tutorial! That's a wonderful opportunity!

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    1. I know! It was equal parts camera tutorial and photography lesson. To leave it open to further questions on top of all that? An amazing gift. He told me just to go out and start taking pictures. I thought of you and AC and John and so many other bloggers. That is what I am going to do.

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  8. How sweet is that! It is a shame we often hear about the mean, selfish, negative people in our world when there is actually much kindness around. I wish the media would start ignoring the jerks and focus on the good. :)

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    1. It would be such an encouragement, wouldn't it?

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  9. The original story was a CBS Sunday Morning piece which is one of our favorite shows that we watch every Sunday after lunch. (We record it.) Steve Hartman usually does inspirational pieces like that for the show. I guess one of the reasons we like the show so much is because it is a news show that focuses on the positive all around us instead of the negatives that is mostly in our weekly evening newscasts.

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    1. I used to watch it every morning with a client. He loved it.

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  10. I shared that video yesterday with one of my daughters and her son. It is truly a beautiful story.
    You're right- helping others is a calling for all of us.

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    1. It is easy to forget that the smallest thing can have such a huge impact. It doesn't have to be a grand piano. He can be as simple as a hug in Publix.

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  11. P.S. One of Steve's children also has autism which is why he tends to focus a lot of attention on the disease.

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    1. His son George. I googled and found this piece on him.

      https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-fathers-view-when-the-heavens-align-for-the-eclipse/

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  12. I can't wait to see those photos. Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs? Ring Debby or leave a comment for all your photo requirements.

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    1. ACCCKKKKK, NOOOOOOO....I'm just hoping for nice photos for myself. You're stressing me out, man!!! LOL.

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  13. I guess my only question is why did he have to buy a piano? Most people are giving their pianos away, as long as you pick them up. That little boy is obviously gifted and to keep that piano tuned is a wonderful gift for him.

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    1. I have never seen a grand piano given away. They are a professional musician's instrument. It would be like giving a Stradivarius away. I guess that is the thing there...this man could have gotten that little boy an upright, something being given away, but he saw him as a genius, worthy of a grand piano.

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    2. Never thought of it like that. Thank you.

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  14. What a wonderful photographer he is to have spent all that time to give you pointers.

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