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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, December 15, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #9 • December 15, 2009 • NEW QUESTIONS I promise to ask fresh questions all day long. •

“mary anne, learn essential things by making irreverent inquiry.” • Looking into the day this might mean – with eyes of wonder look at old things in new ways, be relentlessly curious, look long in the mirror.

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” James Thurber • “Learn to love the questions themselves…” Rilke

HOW? MIGHT your day be different if you made a promise to yourself and kept it throughout this day?

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