Patti Digh, Author Extraordinaire!
What if you only had 37 days left to live on this Earth...what would you do...where would you go...who would you see? I first became aware of Patti's work on her blog 37 Days. She urges everyone to fully experience life in the present moment. Rent the RED convertible! Burn those Jeans! Unpack your Boxes! Love unlovable People! Her essays were compiled to become a book which I absolutely adore and use regularly called "Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally"
Patti's regular posts on Facebook are funny, wise and inspiring. She mentioned at one time that she was holed up in a hotel room writing a book on post it notes. Regular fans gave a little chuckle. "Four Word Self Help" was the book born out of that effort. As she says, "life is complex, not complicated" The simple four word missives speak directly to the heart and are illustrated by artists from around the world. Patti extends an open invitation to artists everywhere to contribute their art for possible use in her books. Also, here is where I come in...copies of her newest book were sent out to bloggers for a Blog Book Tour. How cool is that!! She truly embraces creating your own tribe. How often do we experience someone that truly "walks the talk"?
Did I mention the huge laugh the UPS guy received when he handed me the package containing my precious copy of Four Word Self Help ? I was a teeny bit excited! I held it for a moment, looked at the beautiful art, read a little...put it down...picked it up...read a little more. It is a beautiful testament to life, to all that is simple and good. Patti's gift for telling her story and our story shines throughout the pages of this gem. It will be my go to gift for birthdays and other special events.
a few favorites:
catch someone who's falling
write more love letters
leave some things undone
give up itchy clothes
stand up for something
blow bubbles more often
Here is an excerpt that really spoke to me:
"Life is incremental. Each day's decisions add to the decisions of the day before; each action taken adds to the events of the days past. As writer Oscar Wilde has said, 'No man is rich enough to buy back his past'. No, maybe not. But we can create a different future-one simple, beautifully mundane, daily decision at a time"
More information about Patti Digh can be found here
Her newest book, "Creative is a Verb, If You're Alive, You're Creative" is available at Amazon.com and will be available at local bookstores by November 2010.