Friday, January 05, 2007

Praise, forgiven and make contact.

Happy birthday to The Mother.

Apologies for erratic posting -- the internet connection only seems to work when the wind is in the north (although it's very good when it does work).

1. Katie and Oli both read one of my recent stories today. Neither of them are big sci fi fans; but they both said that although the story puzzled them at first the writing was so assured that they kept going. And they both praised my 'show-don't-tell'. I feel real satisfaction at an act of creation well done.

2. A mother telling her 12-year-old son off for getting lost in the shopping centre and switching his mobile phone off. 'How could you? I've been phoning for half an hour and it kept going straight to the answering service.' And then the real reason for her crossness came out. 'I was so worried about you. I didn't know where you were.' When I turned round, she was giving him a cuddle.

3. This fortnight's missions from my lifecoach include a command to interact with men in unfamiliar situations. This basically means that I need to chat with strangers. Apparently, this includes things like asking bookshop staff if they've read the book I'm buying; paying a compliment; or asking how his day has been. I also have to commit a random act of kindness.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, I also highly recommend talking to strangers; the world is full of the most fascinating people and we never get to scrape the surface when we're always too busy or polite to speak.

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  2. I was talking to a woman I did not know and she blew me away with a comment she made about an 82 year old friend we were talking about. She told me that at 82 he is too old to work and this upset me so I put together a blog which is attached http://protectallyourassets.blogspot.com/2007/01/you-are-too-to-work-at-82.html.

    The funny thing is this man owns his own business and has operated it for 64 years and works from 7am to 7pm 6 days a week. The table in the photograph took him 60 hours to carve over a few months.

    It doesn't always pay to talk to strangers but if we don't we will never get to meet new people.

    Have a great day.

    Kelvin.

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  3. How do you know which kind of "strange man" is safe to talk to and which is not? I used to think I knew, but now....

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  4. I always speak to strangers. Strange men included. I have never had a problem, and have met lots of interesting people.

    And Clare, where can I read your stories?

    Kate

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  5. hoping you get the internet solution soon, we like having our 3BT everyday, and just look at all the people you are meeting over the net.

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  6. Well, I'm rather strange: unfortunately also too far away to be interacted with.
    Oh well.

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  7. maybe you can combine the talking to strange men with a random act of kindness. maybe you could purchase the coffee of the person in front of you at Starbucks (or tea at whatever tea house you frequent). or if you're finished with a magazine that had some good articles in it, you could give it to some man on your bus route and say, "for some reason, i thought you might really like this week's edition of [insert title here]. it's really great!"

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