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Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 10:03 am, Mon Jun 16, 2014.

Recently while traveling, I had a brief but truly uplifting experience.

While traveling in the Midwest, I exited the security check-in station, and there, right in the middle of the airport; stood hundreds of just mesmerized people.

I like to think that I pay attention, and I immediately noticed that all the people were walking in slow motion almost as though they were floating.

I took a few steps closer and my ears were treated to a most delightful sound. There standing in the middle of the airport, amidst the hustle and bustle of rush and busyness, stood an angelic soprano saxophone player, playing the most soothing, peaceful melodic tunes.

The saxophonist was surrounded by hundreds of people, and his passion for music and caressing others with his melodies was infectious. Time seemed to stop as his notes hung in the air.

As he completed a set, hundreds of people applauded and he briefly shared that he hoped everyone had a safe flight and he hoped no one was going to miss their flight due to listening to him.

People smiled, some gave generously to his tip jar, and some simply gave appreciation through a wave or a skip in their step.

I asked the musician if I could take his picture, and he gladly agreed. One of the things I loved most about this man was his name was written so small on a humble plaque placed on top of the piano. Obviously, I do not know this man’s long-term aspirations, but there was something so pure and simple about the experience of joy and peace in an airport.

I quickly said my good-byes as I too had a flight to catch, and as I closed my eyes aboard the aircraft, the saxophonist’s gentle grin and mellow tunes stayed inside my mind. That and one small thing he said to a little girl who placed a dollar in the gentleman’s tip jar. The musician shared, “For you my darling, I would play for free. In fact, for most I would. Yes, indeed. “

I do not think he knew I was listening and I just chuckled to myself as truly one form of payment that this man received was not in coin alone. He spends his days expressing his art and he is appreciated for that.

I just loved it. I felt like I had been given a gift.

So why do I share this story? I share it for two reasons:

• There are sacred moments every day and some of these moments may only last for 30 seconds. However, I truly believe that the sweetness in life is sometimes made up not of the heroic spectacular events, but rather in the delicious small chocolate-covered, raisin-sized bites of life. Sometimes it is a word we say, overhear, or simply read that uplifts us or someone else forever.

Sometimes it is a “sign” we drive by that seems to have been divinely placed there just for us. You just never know where magic will arise.

Just recently I sent a text to a precious friend of mine who was going through a troubling time. The reply I received was: “I needed to hear that more than you know.” I was grateful to help.

• I think the power of expression and appreciation is so extremely undervalued. Just as the musician expresses his gifts and talents all day, every day, I think we too need some form of expression. Expression creates expansiveness and spacious freedom.

Whether it be through our work, a hobby, a poem, music, art, physical movement, or more; I believe we must express that which resides from within.

One form of expression for me is writing to you . I love the written word and every day I see life through story, metaphor and through the natural rhythm of sharing in life’s lessons, mysteries, and experiences.

I am thankful for the loving feedback I receive regarding my writing and it means so much to me.

• In addition to expression, the musician felt the richness of being listened to and appreciated. If we take the time to relish in other’s gifts and express our own, I believe we can create a boomerang circle of outflow and inflow. Giving and receiving, sharing and benefitting. Perhaps we can all take the time to appreciate someone’s form of expression or simply their way of being. People need watering and gardening just as the flowers and crops do. I know this to be true.

So with that sharing, rambling, and writing I sign off. I trust that this week can be a week of potential fulfillment for you. May this week bring an opportunity to pause, even for a minute, so that you may hear and listen to the music of life. For all of us, may there be some sweetness to relish in.

• Dr. Jason Kolber is a licensed doctor of chiropractic and a certified life coach. Reach him at (480) 704-2787 or www.livinginline.com.

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