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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...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

promises to myself #27

PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #27 • ENGAGE POSSIBILITY • I promise to stretch the realm of what appears possible. • “mary anne, Engage with the same wonder as a child.” TODAY - Everything is yes until it’s no; observe a large sea of possibility, not an overwhelming collection of event; engage with all you can handle and walk past the rest.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once [s/he] grows up.” Pablo Picasso

“To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practiced, requires years of contemplation, not activity, not reasoning, not calculating, no busy behavior of any kind, not reading, not talking, not making an effort, not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know.” George Spencer Brown

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” Henry Miller

“When we only believe what has been said before, what has been done before, we give our own power away. Possibility evaporates – it is from what we believe that our lives are created, not the other way around.” Shreve Stockton, THE DAILY COYOTE, page 44

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