FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

Welcome to Mary Anne Radmacher's blog.

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...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Advantages of writing with FOCUS PHRASE process

“What will you set down in order to host hope?”

This was the prompt sent out through my daily inspirational phrase mailing.

Several people use that mailing as their own personal FOCUS PHRASE. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have them share it with me. Two people today did and I’ve asked their permission to share their focus writing with you… here we go!

First, from Jennifer Nace (used her with her permission):

"Set down in order to host hope", or hoist hope? When days are burdened already it can feel like I need to hoist hope, knowing that it is too precious and important to leave behind, yet it has attached to it so many demands of its own. It demands you also carry determination, joy and patience. It bickers incessantly with guilt and worry. It wants to be carried on the hip of self esteem, even if that is your weak side. Oh, and all the while it pleads for you to sing and dance as you travel!

As though child I will hoist hope and carry it on my journey of the day; because like the weight of a child, though not easily lifted, that extra company lightens the load of the worldly and blesses each step I take.

From Caara Chantral, a diligent DAILY FOCUS PHRASE-er…(printed here with her kind permission)

What will you set down in order to host hope?

This is a question that makes me ponder....have I ever lost

hope.? I don't think so....the light of hope may have become

very dim....through many tears. I believe that even in my darkest

moments of despair....I have held onto hope.

I will set down my being in the midst of friends who love me

and feed me both food and belief that my life is a miracle. It is

such a wonderful blessing to have so many friends who reflect to

me that..

All is well...and in that knowing...it hosts my hope.

Just this morning on the phone there was a message...from my

dear friend Andrea saying.."we are waiting for your arrival". It was

words that gave me "hope" that there is always a place for me.

Andrea's bowls of soup....that she sits in front of me...host

my hope.

Accepting that I am a gypsy that loves her freedom and within

that freedom.....finds a place ...called "home".hosts so much

hope in the peace of who I am. I know...

I am at home with hope..

I am..

I am...

a gypsy filled with hope.

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