FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

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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...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SEE THE DIVINE IN EVERYONE

Being willing to see the divine in everyone changed my day.

Willingness is a spiritual engraved invitation – to receive the very thing we are willing and receptive to.

It is rightly said that we see what we are looking for. In my heightened awareness of the divine in others, not only did I see it in all places I looked but I am clear that my own divine nature was more visible. All things were equal today – in that I wore nothing new, hadn’t changed my hair and wasn’t driving a fancy car. Wanting to see the finest in others lifted back the curtains: what a show! Driving courtesies, unexpected smiles in every aisle of the grocery store, meaningful conversations between strangers and unanticipated generosities toward my specific program of service. I issued the invitation by my willingness to see the divine in all – and every guest responded with an enthusiastic, “Yes.”

It’s an equation that calls to mind the unicorn saying to Alice, in Wonderland, “I’ll believe in you if you’ll believe in me.”

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