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, 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."
p. 7 SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE.
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

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