Sunday, May 21, 2017

A creative wake-up call

"At some point in your life, you'll only have thirty-seven days to live. Maybe that day is today. Maybe not." ~Patti Digh, Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally



You know a book's got you hooked when you read it more than once and hesitate to loan it to someone else. It's the book you buy as a birthday gift for your dearest friends. 


Patti Digh's Life Is a Verb is one of those books. A treasure. Whenever I fall into a creative slump or feel bored and unappreciative, I thumb through its pages and end up rereading favorite passages and chapters. 


So, what's the significance of "37 days" in the book's subtitle? Patti Digh's wake-up call rang loud and clear when her stepfather died just 37 days after being diagnosed with cancer. After that, she vowed to live every day with intention -- saying "yes" to life, speaking up for herself, being more generous to herself and others, trusting herself, sharing her creative gifts, and slowing down long enough to pay attention to what matters. 


Life Is a Verb explains how you can do all those things too. Part memoir, part creative handbook, it's beautifully illustrated with original artwork from contributors all over the country. If you're feeling stalled and could use a dose of motivational magic this spring, grab yourself a copy as quickly as you can find one. (I'd loan you mine, but I'm rereading it now.) ~CL




  

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