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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...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Promises to Myself #5 and reflections on #4

PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 11, 2009 • Promise #5 • FUN PREVAILS. • I promise to allow fun to permeate the day. • “mary anne, you can have fun AND make significant contributions to the world.” • Looking into the day this might mean – “insert fun ______(here).” setting up my festival booth in a cold barn turns into a festivity, do things with friends, get the MUSIC on, dance through ordinary activities.

Reflections on Promise #4. Absent hurry, many aspects of a fully occupied day become an invitation for unexpected joy, gift and pleasure. • It’s easier to see when I’m not moving at warp speed. • Engaged observation is the gift of the even pace.

PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press, 2010

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