FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

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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, January 12, 2010

promises to myself #37

PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #37 • WORD POWER • January 12, 2010 • I promise to be connected to the impact of my word(s). • “Your core is reflected in the mirror of your words.” • TODAY – Speak with intention and precision; Call the good forward with YES and set aside HOW and WHAT IF for the day; Listen more and speak less.

“Your word is your wand.” Florence Scovel Shinn

“I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a welcome diet.” Winston Churchill

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