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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...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Promises to Myself #3 and reflections on #2

PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 9, 2009 • Promise #3 • COURAGEOUSLY UNCONVENTIONAL • I promise to behave/think outside habitual structures. • “mary anne, you are unlimited in your ability to be inventive.” • Looking into the day this might mean – writing/working in bed instead of my desk, asking for help when I’d do it myself self, delivering different messages to friends, surprising the guests (& myself) at tonight’s lecture.

REFLECTIONS on Promise #2. • Friends trump almost everything. • Friends are the UTMOST of all priority. • Distractions got written on little cards and put in a pile of “to be done later.” Very effective.

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