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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...

Monday, December 14, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #8 • December 14, 2009 • DEEP BELIEFS (ONE THING) I promise to connect to my deepest beliefs and act on my ONE THING. • “mary anne, in spite of circumstances, be buoyed by your ONE THING.” • Looking into the day this might mean – being connected to my beliefs/meaning in all my actions. Prepare and package holiday gifts with love, allow my intentions their practical application in the day and be encouraged, in the large, by my intentions, not discouraged in the small, by disappointments.

E.B. White said, “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time.” In the words of Rumi I find this treasure, “There is ONE THING we all must do. If we do everything else but that one thing, we will be lost. And if we do nothing else but that one thing, we will have lived a glorious life.”

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