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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...

Friday, July 30, 2010


“In all things and in all ways, choice impacts virtually every element of our life. It bears repeating that even those things which seem out of reach of our choice are governed by how we choose to perceive them.” Page 147 from SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE

The drug store clerk scowled at me as I handed her cash for my purchase. My look must have inquired, “What?” because she defended, dramatically, “It’s just that it’s practically the last day of July and I can’t believe that I have to wear a sweater. It’s so cold!” I remain silent. Apparently my face was still asking, “What?” as she continued.

“I mean, Summer. What kind of a summer IS this? It’s flippin’ foggy outside. Geez.” I had given her exact change. I was ready to leave but she held my look. She wanted answers and apparently I looked as if I knew something about sweaters and summer.

No. I knew that I saw it was cold and I was wearing a sweater myself. In that instant I thought of my human-rights-advocate friend, Gina, and all the observations she has made about the cheerful countenance and attitude of the many people she greets in refuge camps in Africa. Sweater or not, those folks are just grateful to be alive in the context of what they face in their days. So I told her all I know about summer, She would have been happier with commiseration, but instead I say, “All I know is this: It IS cold and I HAVE a sweater to wear. And on some days that enough to be grateful for.”

So it seems the month of July feels no obligation to meet anyone’s expectations for a certain temperature. As I drove away today I thought about all the things I have in my day today that I could rail against. But I decided to take action on things that I can actually impact…and, the weather is not one of them. But I can impact by choosing which sweater to wear!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Seek The Heroic In Yourself

"Modeling my qualities on heroic beings is a life-long practice.

Recognize the heroic in others and bring it in to your own daily experience."


It is too easy to look at someone I admire and say, "I could never be like them." And, really, why would I want to? I'm doing well being like myself. Bringing certain QUALITIES that admire in them in to my own experience is what I want. I may not have a daily newspaper column as Eleanor Roosevelt did...but, like her, I can choose my words carefully and communicate with the goal to motivate and provoke thought. Just like Eleanor. What heroic quality can you draw into your life today? And from whom?

mary anne radmacher

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


“It is easy to allow questions to confuse your process – if you believe all questions must have answers. In the process of choice and perception, asking questions for their own sake becomes a clarifying tool.” P. 131 SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE coauthored by mary anne radmacher/Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Asking questions is a great tool. Questions become contrasts and ways to weigh and measure. Consider. Observe. I do not allow the questions to distract me from my quest – and become involved in trying to find answers to them all. Questions do their best work when they lead to me perspective, not specific answers. And in that, I find inspiration in this, from George Carlin, “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” With laughter this reminds me to stay with my focus in the day and avoid the distraction of petting the sweaty things.

mary anne radmacher

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What Will You BEGIN Today?

‎"The journey to an Inspired Life requires
different things from each of us.
Common to us all is the
COURAGE to simply begin."
mary anne radmacher/Jonathan Lockwood Huie, coauthors.

Simply to begin...does not mean that you expect to finish in one fell swoop.
No. It is as it says...the courage to Just Start. What is that thing that you
have been meaning to do, longing to do? You have not yet begun because
for what reason? You do not know if it will "work," how it will turn out,
you don't have all the elements you imagine you will need in perfect place.
Or another reason, not identified here and completely unique to you.

Simply begin. Have the COURAGE today to take one step toward that
big thing. And then the beginning will be over and you'll be in the lane,
swimming toward whatever the finish might look like at the other end
of the pool.

Jump in. Really. The water's fine.

mary anne radmacher

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Who is in charge of your state of being? In the midst of the flurry – clarity. In the midst of the storm – calm. In the many roads – a clear choice. From page 127 of SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE coauthored: mary anne radmacher and Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any one silently looking over the shoulder of me this particular day would wonder why I wasn’t in a puddle of tears. In fact, one of my best friends asked me why I wasn’t. My answer?

“I can walk with both legs. And most of my body parts work pretty good. My heart is full of love. I have some of the best friends on the planet. I get to create things that inspire me every day.”

And that’s just the start of a really long list of blessings. Challenges come to my days, with or without an invitation. I am not defined by those challenges. In fact, in most instances they make me more determined. Determined to think more live clearly, live more healthfully and come to a deeper cadence between where I am and all I long to accomplish. If you are challenged in this day…I wish for you…your own finest strength. And joy in the choices that you get to make today. Said another way, JOY that today you GET to make choices. – mary anne radmacher -

Friday, July 23, 2010


On Page 55, leading the chapter on HONOR in this instructive book, SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE, coauthored with Jonathan Lockwood Huie, I remind myself to...

“Honor yourself with lovingly courageous actions chosen intentionally.”

Indeed. It’s Friday. Friday of a full week of diverse activities. If if was given to sports metaphors, I’d say this feels a lot like one of my first lessons in basketball. As long as one foot stays in place I can pivot around and view the court all i want. But as soon as I choose to move that grounded foot, I’ve declared my intention to move, dribble or shoot. If I recall the rules correctly, if I stay there TOO LONG, I can be called for “holding.”

Okay, Friday! I’ve pivoted and looked at the court (of course, the demands and choices in my day). And now -- it’s just you and me. I’m moving and i am getting ready for a basket shot. Swish. Nothin’ but net. And so it will go throughout the day. I’m choOsing my actions, with love, with as much courage as I can call in the day and it is all wrapped in my intention.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Wake up!

Wake up to the amazing possibility of living joyful
moments in the midst of challenge.
Face difficulty or hardship with
• equanimity,
• ease and
• grace.
WAKE UP to the profound perspective that
allows you to celebrate the choices in each
event and encounter.

taken from SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE, page 19, coauthored by mary anne radmacher and
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Saturday, July 17, 2010

WHAT is mary anne doing these days?

The spaces between imagination and common sense are the most amazing and entertaining. - mary anne radmacher

My author site is ready for you to consider:

There will you find that I am enrolling an exciting life management process called, LIFE a la CARTE. You will be able to explore various pages that feature fresh content weekly.

I associate with THREE different and amazing “PHRASEOLOGISTS” that offer a wide range of writing opportunities. You’ll discover them on my site.

I continue the exciting radio conversation with the stout of heart and enthusiastic Steve Maraboli, of Empowered Living Radio - Radmacher archive. You can listen to our interviews on his web site or download for free from ITunes. Our next conversation is August 12 at noon, Eastern Time. He does good all around the world – please participate in his community.

My good friend, Deanna Davis is celebrating her latest book, LAUGH, CRY, EAT SOME PIE. I endorse it heartily and encourage you to get a copy. I get to teach with Deanna each year and it’s not too early to consider next year’s wonderful WOMANHOOD WEEK END based in the Seattle, Washington area, May 20 -22. Write me for more information.

• My latest books? The Perfect Gift to send that new college student off to school? PROMISES TO MYSELF Or, if you find that you keep putting yourself and your own best practices last on your list, it would be excellent for you to read.

I wrote the story of how the poem, COURAGE DOES NOT ALWAYS ROAR, came to be written in the introduction of an inspiring anthology of the same name. You can order it from my friends at if you need something to encourage yourself in challenge or to uplift a friend. And the colorful version of that time-honored poem is available at the signature store at

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