THE MASTER'S TOUCH

Once at an auction, the auctioneer held up an old battered-looking violin and asked, "What am I bid for this musical instrument?" There were a few desultory responses, "$15, $20, $30." Just when the auctioneer was about to bang his gavel on a bid of $35.00 for the old violin, an elderly gentleman worked his way through the crowd, came up to the podium, picked up the violin and started to play. As he played the instrument, the crowd became hush-ed, awestruck and enchanted by the great depth and beauty of the music. At the end of the piece, the old man reverently set the violin down and disappeared into the crowd. The auctioneer picked up the violin and asked ,"What am I bid for this violin?" "$20,000, $30,000, $40,000," was the response from the crowd. All it took was a touch from a master's hand to reveal the inherent value of the instrument.