As usual, the professor handed out the exams with the text facing down. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.
To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions — just a black dot in the center of the paper.
Seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, the professor told them the following: “I want you to write about what you see there.”
The students, confused, got started on this odd task.
At the end of the class, the professor took all the exams and started reading each one of them out loud in front of all the students.
All of them, without exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet.
After all, had been read, the classroom was silent, and the professor spoke.
“I’m not going to grade you on this,” he said. “I just wanted to give you something to think about.
No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same thing happens in our lives…
We insist on focusing only on the black dot – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend.
The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.
“Take your eyes away from the black dots in your lives. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love.”
This story really strikes something with me because it shows how often we get caught up in the things we can’t do or don’t like. But there’s so much else that we’re often blind to…
We can’t see all the possibilities and how much opportunity there is to grow.
And this is so true when it comes to learning the piano.
Sometimes the very thing we need is right there waiting for us; we just can’t see it.