Oh, he doesn’t seem interested.

See, this is how I would do it. I like sailing, but if he likes airplanes. He flies a Pilatus PC -12, right? I’d start with, “It’s great. I don’t’ now how to fly, but I do know now to navigate. I sailed across the Atlantic on a 49 ft sailboat, shorter than the 53-foot wingspan of your plane. ” 

Now the story has something it do with him. He will look at his airplane’s wings and imagine the sailboat. And think you.

Author/Editor: Eugenio Zorrilla.

What about an argument or standoff that by now is purely ego?

The other day I was thinking about what I ought to do. I don’t precisely remember where the story came from, but I do remember where I heard it. I’ve carried it for a long time. I may not even recall it right, but I believe it was written by a French existential author.  I remember it like this. Two strangers need to fall in love in five days or death will take them. What would it take? What it would give me.  

What about an argument or standoff that by now is purely ego? If you don’t take each other back in five days, you die. What does it take? Empathy mostly, and forgiveness.

Author/Edition: Eugenio Zorrilla.

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