When I was thinking about the things that make me happy I thought of the time when I was doing my NLP training. I was tasked with writing a short story which was to be an analogy of a situation I found myself in. After several hours of racking my brain to write about I started writing. This is what I wrote.
A Tale of Oscar the Violin
Oscar was a violin. Not any old violin but a very special magic violin. He would jump out of his case at night with his bow and dance around the room playing beautiful music because during the day as he was hardly ever taken out of his black case and played during the day.
One day he found himself in a music shop with a “for sale” sign on his case. His owner had disowned him and he now lay in the case in the shop feeling lonely and abandoned.
When people came to look at him he noticed other second hand musical instruments around the shop for sale. This made him feel a little less lonely.
At night the instruments started to come alive. The bows jumped out of their cases and started to pull their bows across the strings creating lovely sounds. The wind instruments would dance around whistling with lovely sounds and the brass instruments would start to boom out their music.
Oscar wanted to join in with the other instruments but was too afraid as he lacked the confidence to play with other stringed instruments.
A week after being in the shop Oscar was bought by a young girl. She took him home and started to learn to play him but she as she was a beginner she was unable to produce very good sounds. He was very unimpressed with the sounds she was making. However, she practised every day and the sound began to improve.
After a year of practising the girl joined a group of inexperienced musicians who were playing out of time and out of tune. This made Oscar feel very uncomfortable because all he wanted to do was to make beautiful sounds.
One weekend the musicians met up for a musical weekend to practise music which would be performed to their families. During the meal breaks the instruments would come alive and start to play and dance across the room. Oscar was, again, too afraid to join in as he was worried of being rejected.
By the end of the weekend the musicians had become proficient at playing in time and in tune. They learnt to play so well that Oscar began to feel brave enough to join in playing and dancing with the other instruments during meal times. His confidence increased and he started to enjoy his interaction with the other instruments.
One day his owner was asked to play a solo. She was offered the chance to perform in a big concert hall with a large orchestra. The music was so magical that the audience became entranced by it.
At the end of the performance there was rapturous applause and Oscar was delighted with the sounds created from his instrument.
After the performance Oscar was left in the concert hall along with all the other instruments that had been playing. They were so impressed with the tone and melodies that came from him and they, too, applauded him for the beautiful music that his instrument had produced.
This encouraged Oscar to make friends with all the other instruments and helped him to become more confident in his ability to mix with all the instruments in the orchestra.
From that day forwards he came to love the company of the other instruments, loved being played and became really enthusiastic about being played and playing with his co-instruments.