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...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

JOY IS A CHOICE

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 -

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