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...

Friday, July 23, 2010

HONOR YOURSELF

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.

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