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, Life is a Verb is all heart.
Within these pages—enhanced by original artwork and wide, inviting margins ready to be written in—Digh identifies six core practices to jump-start a meaningful life: Say Yes, Trust Yourself, Slow Down, Be Generous, Speak Up, and Love More. Within this framework she supplies 37 edgy, funny, and literary life stories, each followed by a “do it now” 10-minute exercise as well as a practice to try for 37 days—and perhaps the rest of your life.
Patti Digh, the creator and author of the award-winning blog 37days.com, is the author of the best-selling Life is a Verb (Skirt!), a Books for a Better Life nominee. An internationally recognized speaker who has worked in over 60 countries, Patti 's comments have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The London Financial Times, and The New York Times, among other international press. Smart, funny, and insightful, her Web site is pattidigh.com. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.