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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...

Sunday, January 10, 2010


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #35 • ENVIRONMENT MATTERS • January 10, 2010 • I promise to be attentive to my physical environment. • “Look from the inside out and consider your immediate world a reflection in a mirror.” TODAY – As you consider your imminent move, surround yourself with meaningful objects; If you can SEE it – it should be important; Transition objects to places they will be happiest.

“The work environment is one aspect of the engine that drives designs.” Marc Hacker

“We’re too busy not to have order.” Martha Stewart

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” Malcolm S. Forbes

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