Wednesday May 13, 2020
Canada Council For The Arts Newsletter
There’s a man over there singing on the bench
when someone passes him he stops singing and says “Hello!”
And when that someone keeps going instead of stopping what they’re doing
the man says “Hello! Goodbye! Good Hell!”
By the time the person has realized what he’s said, he’s started singing again
Should I have stopped?
Should I have taken ten seconds out of my day?
What if he was going to want to talk to me for longer than 10 seconds?
What if I would have been the only conversation he had all day?
The worry doubles and the man keeps singing there on the bench
He doesn’t wonder if the passersby are having enough conversations
He doesn’t ask of them anything actually
He is inviting them to smile
He is inviting them to read the room and see a thing and it’s a giving, actually
He is giving what he can and at some point it’s the singing
And at some point it’s the song
It’s the smile, the stopping to notice
He gives to whoever might pass not picking based on any other statistics
Gifts can be like that sometimes