Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally
In October 2003, Patti Digh’s stepfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died 37 days later. The timeframe made an impression on her. What emerged was a commitment to ask herself every morning: What would I be doing today if I had only 37 days left to live? The answers changed her life and led to this new kind of book. Part meditation, part how-to guide, part memoir, Li...more
I've been on this "happiness" "live a full life" kick, so I picked this book for our book club. I thought a lot of the advice was so great and fun (I was very excited about spatulas for weeks). But I read the thing all in a short period of time, so it also ended up being overwhelming. Bottom line, it's a good book, but buy it in paperback and savor rather than power through.
The book wasn't really what I expected - it was more a sort of set of mem ...more
Her suggestions to inspire you to live intentionally have affected my life. So far she has inspired me to:
-give more hugs
-reach out and be generous
There are so many suggestions she has for wonderful free writes and important ideas that I have not acted on yet and I hope no ...more
There are occasional moments where her anecdotes are overly "I've had a privileged white upper middle class upbringing and I like to talk about how alternative I am" bu ...more
Fun, inspirational, encouraging, and uplifting.
Patti Digh’s personal stories provide metaphors for the actions she suggests you take at the end of each section. Not everyone will find something in every story that resonates, however those who follow through with the Action and Movement activities are sure to learn a little bit more about themselves.
Attitude is everything. Those who want to get something from this book will do so. Those who aren’t in a place where they are willing to tak ...more
#1 the author writes that she deliberately put it in a large format so there's room to write in the margins, to really grasp it, etc. I love small things, I hate carrying things, I cannot fit this book in my backpack so I cannot do it as a daily plan.
#2 Life is not a verb. Live is a verb, it's a perfectly fine verb. Now, love is a verb, that's something I've said before. Love's a noun and a verb and a tennis score. Life is not.
It reminds me of when I bou ...more
Interesting stories filled the pages of the book, some funny, others heart warming. While interesting and a fun read, I didn't feel the drive I feel after some books to make a change, and if any I would have thought this one would do the trick. I wish I made more time to complete the exercises at the ...more
This book is incredible. The stories in it are amazing but more than that is the way that she relates them. I keep meaning to take her exercises and start work ...more