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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, August 17, 2010

embrace yourself as you are. celebrate yourself as you long to be. (taken from poster # 01079

All the events of my life have conspired to bring me to this very moment. Here I am. I love and approve of myself just as I am – just as I see myself in the mirror. There’s a little reminder card posted in my sight line that reads, “CONSTANT LEARNER.” Accepting myself just as I am produces contentment. Celebrating the qualities I long to bring into my life more fully – gives me a travel vision. A dream destination of all I long to be helps me to know where next to point my toes.

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