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Life Is a Verb: 37 Days To Wake Up, Be Mindful, And Live Intentionally Paperback – August 26, 2008
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"Life is a Verb is brilliantly-crafted, raw, gorgeously-designed, and daringly different from 'self-help' books. It relates, through stories that sparkle and astonish and soar, how to move, to be on your way, to realize who you really are through your actions. Through exercises that you participate in, as if in conversation with the author, you will learn, as she promises in the prologue, 'deeper things―how to know what to care about, how to treat others around you (and yourself), what to question, how to love, what to stand up for, and why you should tell stories and listen to the stories of others.' There is no more important learning.
So read it. Inhabit it. Breathe in every word, because every word of this book is essential. Let it animate you. Annotate it to make it your own. And then let it let you change yourself, and become who you were intended to be. Begin now. You have no time to lose."
--- Dave Pollard, author of The Natural Entrepreneur, and the weblog How to Save the World
"Patti's guide for the last 37 days of life will turn every one of your next 3700 days a fully lived experience. If you had some unsolved fear for death, that would be your season ticket to have a free ride on the train with the author. I have never seen such a simultaneously practical, esthetic and soul-caressing book in my life."
--Kichiro Hayashi, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
"I laughed. I cried. I want the t-shirt! Seriously, Life is a Verb may well be the single book that will change the world or maybe only your life . . . Artful, funny, heart-breaking, Digh reminds us that today isn't a dress rehearsal and we can start today celebrating the magic of ordinary life. Reading Life is a Verb is like mainlining goodness. Digh shows us what is real and what matters, and she gives us insiders tips on how to make minuscule life corrections that result in quantum shifts in experience. She reminds us that life can easily be fun. This will surely be the last self-help book you will ever need or want to read."
--Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford Emerita, author of Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up
--Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
About the Author
Patti was formerly the Vice President of International and Diversity Programs for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), with over 195,000 members. While there, she established the SHRM Global Forum and award-winning diversity initiative, including the International HR Certificate Program,
the National Diversity Conference, the Diversity Train the Trainer Certificate Program and the MOSAICS diversity newsletter. Patti is also a co-founder of The Global Diversity Roundtable, a consortium of senior practitioners from multinational corporations that provides a confidential forum for the exchange of
leading edge practices, strategies, and methodologies in global diversity.
Incident, a dwarf hamster named Maggie.
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Here's the set-up: "In October of 2003, my stepfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died 37 days later."
Tragic. Though I can't imagine, I can empathize. But then comes the goopy stuff:
"The time frame of 37 days made an impression on me. We often live as if we have all the time in the world, but the definite-ness of 37 days was striking. So short a time, as if all the regrets and joys of a life would barely have time to register before time was up...."
"I tried to reconcile the fact that this fearful death was happening with the understanding that I needed to make something good out of it. What emerged was a commitment to ask myself this question every morning: What would I be doing today if I only had 37 days to live?"
Well, you know the answer. Savor every second. "Enjoy every sandwich," as the dying Warren Zevon put it. Buddhism 101. The punch line of a million self-help books.
So was I moved by Ms. Digh's approach to her theoretical last 37 days --- pumping out reams of writing so her young daughters would have some idea who Mom was? No. And not because I'm hard-hearted. It's just that I've heard all this. Many times, most recently in "Improv Wisdom", which I consider the last word on Showing Up and Being Here.
But I stumbled on, past the beautifully designed pages with the lovely art and the super-sincere poems by poets I'd never heard of, until I achieved the entrance to Part One. "Inhabit Your Story." The predictable moral arrived on schedule: "Find the change you can make and make it."
On to Part Two: "The Six Practices for Intentional Living.Read more ›
With essays like "Dance in Your Car," "Follow Your Desire Lines," and "Always Rent the Red Convertible," Digh urges us to loosen up, take chances, take hold of this "one wild and precious life" (as she quotes Mary Oliver).
But she assumes a life of joy will be a life touched and shaped by other people, and she includes their care in her instruction manual. "Save Face for Someone Else," and "Wear Pink Glasses" offer models of graceful ways of being with, seeing, and upholding other people. "Love Unloveable People" gently offers each of us a daunting challenge: to respond to what is good in everyone.
Digh doesn't overlook the challenges of relationship, including our relationship to self. From "Choose Your Seatmates Wisely," to "Burn those Jeans," "Don't Sell Your Red Shoes" and "Say Wow When You See a Bus," she offers fresh perspectives on familiar situations and straight-jackets of "propriety," inviting each of us to find a way to be a little more authentic.
The essays alone would be engaging and provocative, as Digh has proven in her blog, 37days. In the book a precious few are arranged to illustrate her six-point guide to a life marked by Intensity, Inclusion, Integrity, Intimacy, Intuition, and Intention.Read more ›
Many books translate well to Kindle. This book is not one of them, in my opinion. I'd give the Kindle version zero stars if I could, and the hard-copy 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, inspirational and can be read a few pages at a time. In fact it's helpful to stop and think about what you have read. Everyone should read this book.Published 1 month ago by Delpha
Patti Digh is the real deal. She eloquently expresses the trials and tribulations of raising children, running a business and living authentically.Published 2 months ago by Gail J. Ballard
I don't find it all that more enlightening or persuasive than most books of this type, meaning books that encourage one to "live in the moment. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The take-home message and some of the exercises are great and do have value but this author borders on insufferable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam
Everyone who wants to live -- really and truly live -- should read this book. Inspiring!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book - it is really thought-provoking. I had a hard time sticking to one-day-at-a-time, though!Published 6 months ago by Cathy E. Atkinson
I came across Patti Digh's work it when it was mentioned in another book I was reading. This was one of those books that I couldn't put down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Srinivas Rao
Inspiring - relax and read it in your favorite chair to soak it up'Published 6 months ago by Caroline Hatcher