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...

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."

p. 66, SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE

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

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