By J. Matteson
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The images on the cover and in the endpapers of this book are of the people who took the time to give their input and make the book better. But that wasn’t my primary motivation for posting the manuscript, nor is that my motivation for being on Twitter or using other new technology. I do these things because I want to add value to people. In 1979, I began writing books to make an impact on people I would never have the opportunity to meet in person. In 2009, I began blogging and using social media to expand my circle of connection with people even further.
Once I won over Margaret’s mother, I gained some time to win over Margaret. And whenever I did something stupid, which I must admit was too often, Margaret’s mother would defend me. It helped me to win Margaret’s confidence and, years later, her hand in marriage. When you connect with others, you position yourself to make the most of your skills and talents. My awareness of the importance of connecting with people was acute by the time I went to college. I knew that it could make the difference between success and failure.
That prayer describes how I felt as I came face-to-face with my inadequacy in connecting with other people. I felt like I was suspended between my inadequacy and my desire to change. What I needed was to “know the difference” between what I could and couldn’t improve. Simply recognizing that I was coming up short wasn’t enough. If I couldn’t change and improve in this vital area of my life, it meant success would be forever out of reach. I wanted to be able to connect with people all the time, not just occasionally on a hit-and-miss basis.
A Coll. of Diophantine Probs. With Solns. by J. Matteson