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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...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

An Easter-Inspired Essay

Why do you look for him here?  He is not here.  He is risen.   New Testament Luke 24

I’m rooted in the construct of Christianity.  Absolutely.  My parents used it as reprieve and auto baby-sitter.  I didn’t have to walk all the way around the block to show up in the appointed room for the specified event.  I just climbed the fence that divided by back yard from the basement steps of the church.

I’ve been climbing that fence ever since.

I’m not in a church building today.  But I do recognize the significance of an empty tomb.  Imagine.  The guy you’d given up everything you owned, believed, been taught...the guy
that you suffered the disdain of your family (What do you MEAN you have a new family?) and the mocking of your friends (You are missing the huge buffet event AGAIN to feed the never-ending poor?  Whadaya crazy?)...THAT guy.  Just broke your heart by being killed, right before your very eyes.  And now?  You don’t even get to mourn.  The body’s gone missing.

That is how it is in a season of Spring.  Of Renewal. Of Fresh Constructs.  Of surprisingly empty tombs.  You go along - living your days according to a mission/model/intention statement/set of beliefs that have worked.  Well.  Well, pretty well. Then there are those inexplicable holes where you just try to jump over the stuff that makes no sense. Simply because it used to make sense.   You are hoping to soon get back to the “things making sense place.”  But you can’t.  What are you looking in there for?  It’s empty.  That has risen.  It has moved on.  Without you.

Spring is the growing season.  The season of change.  The season in which the seeds surprise you.  Sometimes really surprise you - as I just learned from my resident seed saving experts - you can plant a red pepper seed and get (viola!) a different kind of pepper all together.  One of the many surprises of the season. 

I have never set aside my faith, my deep seated understanding of my beliefs.  I have simply stopped walking around the block to enter the narthex, the sanctuary, the meeting room.  I climb the fence.

My understanding of spirit serves me as I serve the world.  I didn’t explain to anyone when I was a child when asked, “How’d  you get here so fast?”  That was between the backyard, the fence and me.  Nor do I much explain when people ask me weekly what beliefs fuel my journey.  That I show up and do what I do in the world is my most common answer to inquiries about the specifics of my belief system.  To use another familiar metaphor  - If you want to know what kind of tree it is, look at the fruit.  But even there  Spring has a surprise for you.  The seed you think you plant may not be the fruit the tree ends of up yielding. 

So this Easter Day I yield to the new ways.  The beginnings.  The empty tomb of all the ways I used to work, know and be.    In practical terms, on this day, the tomb is empty because I myself am rising.  Born again.  Again. 
mary anne radmacher ©

Friday, March 29, 2013

Do What You Love.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A remarkable opportunity awaits at this extraordinary Camp Experience, DESIGN YOUR LIFE CAMP,
 that author Patti Digh has dreamed up.  I'll be sharing there and I'm hoping I get to be a back up
singer at the talent show.  We'll just see.

Check it out.  The "early bird" registration is not only affordable for a weekend of life-changing
fun and creativity, but there's a companion "bring a friend" option that is jaw dropping.

If you have been wanting something to infuse creativity, vision and just plan old-fashioned
zest into your days, I'm telling you - this could very well be it.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Equinox Thursday!

Celebrating the Equinox in ways unique to my household -  wishing you the start to a
stunning Spring.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Remember and Do What Matters

Remember and Do What Matters
Discovery Process with Mary Anne Radmacher, $99
March 25 through April 14

You might not realize it but you do KNOW what matters to you. You really do!

In the MUCH of daily living, it’s easy to disconnect from your MUST, the thing that puts wind beneath your wings and adds lightness to your being. How does this disconnection manifest?

Do you dread your “to do” list?
Does everything weary you?
Do you feel vaguely or even decidedly unsatisfied?
Do you care a great deal (maybe too much) what others say about you?
Have you said “Yes” to so many things that you feel behind all the time?

Say YES to one more, this one. Come spend time with me. I’ll show you how to use Google Hang Out and ask questions aimed at reconnecting you with your MUST. You will respond via video, recorded text and in writing (and yes, I’ll show you how).

We’ll work together to get what matters to you back in your line of sight and create a set of reminding measures to call you back if you begin to stray or lose focus.

It’s a 22 day process - the perfect amount of time to form a new habit – the habit of being connected to what truly matters to you. Come discover and uncover with me starting next Monday March 25th - April 14th.

Sensitive to the times and economy, I’m making this guided process the thriftiest I’ve ever offered at only $99. Write me for payment options

Remember what matters, YOU and your MUST!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We Learn When Others Learn

I built a new web site.  I'm going to start using google hang out.  I'm pretending it's all easy (and some of it really is). I signed up as an amazon affiliate.  What?  It only took me ten years? Some things just take time. My cheerleading friend, Caren, was was watching all this as I narrated my learning curve - in public. Out loud. Typos and all.  Here's what she said she learned....

SIMPLY BEGIN - by guest blogger, Caren Albers

Here’s my lesson…don’t wait till it’s perfect. Put it out there now. Keep working, hone the message, correct the typos (we all make them), change directions, learn new tricks, but whatever you do get off the sidelines. No points are ever scored from there.

Entering the game is monumentally more important than being perfect at it but too often we refuse to play. Too often we hold ourselves hostage to a standard of perfection so high that it smoothers our creativity sucking all the oxygen out of our ideas.

Most of us want to create our rainbow but fear picking up the brush because we think we might not be good enough, talented enough, or we might make a mistake and be criticized. 

Creating and innovating inherently contains elements of uncertainty. If you don’t wonder once or twice “what the heck am I doing?” You probably aren’t sticking your neck out far enough.

What if we threw out the old playbook, chucked the impossible standards, and parted company with the insane notion that we have to “know” how something will end before we can begin and simply just began?

What if we took a step back and gently blew on the smoldering embers of our ideas encouraging what wanted to ignite?

What if our highest standard was showing up and doing our best?

If we did that, I believe we’d all SCORE big time!

Caren Albers is a creatrix, writer, blogger, phraseologist/writing guide offering Radmacher Focus Phrase™ eCourses, dream devotee, joy junkie, recovered self-doubter and serial hugger always Caren4u

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