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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Monday, May 4, 2009

The qualities of an inspired life are yours to determine. For your life and days.
Just as I determine the qualities in my own inspired life.

As I was considering the many targeted completion dates presenting in my day today I thought
about my personal measures for priority. As the opportunity for feeling pressured by the
large list of opportunities rose up, I laughed. And I asked myself this question,
"Would any of these items qualify as an appropriate thing to list on my headstone?"

One qualified. I laughed again and suggested to myself, "Then why don't you start with that one?" Indeed. Sometimes it really is THAT simple.

Part of my inspired life today is paying attention to the things of great consequence.

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