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, September 28, 2010

Gratitude for Walking Tall


Walk tall into your day. Be filled with gratitude for what you see from the higher viewpoint.
There are some days I am aware of becoming small. As if I would prefer anonymity and the privilege of disappearing into the crowd. Today is not that day.
Today is the day I stand tall into the day. I proudly throw my shoulders back and am ready for the fray, the fracas, the fun. I know I am visible. My actions, attitudes and choices matter. First they matter to me. And the repercussions of what I do are then ripples in a large water. I cannot know the reach of what I choose in this day. But I CAN know there is a reach.
So today I walk tall. Stand tall. Own my actions. And I know that means at the end of the day, when I set it all down, I will sleep my best, knowing I’ve done my best.
(quote from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press)

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