SEVERED PIANIST

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SEVERED PIANIST
By Mark Edgemon

Jonathan Steinway was one of the most promising concert pianist ever to come out of the Bronx. One dimension to his character, was the ability to astound his audience with each of his virtuoso performances. Another dimension to his personality was the ability to make everyone feel inferior to him, because of his great gift and his increasing fame.

Leaving an evening concert one night, his driver accidentially slammed the door on his right hand as Jonathan was getting into his limousine, severing three of his middle fingers. The driver rushed him to the nearest hospital where surgeons were able to reattach all three fingers. However, there was only about 50% of his original dexterity meaning he would no longer be able to play professionally again.

Since Jonathan identified his self worth with his talent which was the only thing that set him apart from what he considered ordinary people, his life was ruined.

When money ran low, he started teaching piano to pay the bills. Soon, students from throughout the country came to him for lessons. His renown grew as a teacher and so did his ability to convey the image of his music. He lectured throughout the world and inspired hundreds of thousands.

His country chose 5 concert pianists to travel around the world as ambassadors of their country, all 5 were Jonathan's students. His students loved him, because of his patients. His ability to cope with failure and pursue victory inspired everyone he taught or who heard him speak. What was a freak accident that severed one avenue of creative expression, caused him to find another avenue to share his gift.

Moral: Sometimes our souls are saved by tragic circumstances.

Copyright 2008 Mark Edgemon

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