Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally

Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally

by Patti Digh

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599212951
Publisher: Skirt!
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 331,485
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Patti Digh (pronounced dye)Patricia Digh's first book, Global Literacies: Lessons on Business Leadership and National Cultures (Simon & Schuster 2000) was selected by Fortune magazine as a Best Business Book for 2000. Her most recent book, The Global Diversity Reference Guide, was published in 2003 by John Wiley. Patti is a business consultant, writer, and trainer with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of globalization and diversity. Her firm, The Circle Project, provides consulting, strategic development, and training for organizations and executives around diversity and leadership issues. Patti has developed international and diversity strategies for major nonprofit and corporate organizations and has been a featured speaker at many international conferences. A faculty member for the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, her comments have appeared on PBS, and in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and London Financial Times, among other publications. She has written over 75 published articles and has lived, worked and traveled in over 60 countries. In speaking and writing, Patti uses a unique style of storytelling and inspiration, gaining an international reputation for her innovative approach and ability to galvanize reflection, synthesis and action, particularly around diversity issues in organizations. She recently keynoted the International Conference of the American Society for Training and Development, with over 12,000 participants.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 ofleading edge practices, strategies, and methodologies in global diversity.Patti's clients include Amdocs Israel, PepsiCo, the U.S. Postal Service, Discovery Communications, Shell Oil, PBS, the Australian Human Resources Institute, the American Cancer Society, JP Morgan Chase, the American Red Cross, and the American Institute of Architects, among many others in the U.S. and abroad. She has served on the President?s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and on diversity advisory councils for the National American Red Cross, the AARP, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, among others. Patti's hobbies include making photographic image transfers and writing 37days, a weekly newsletter about living intentionally ( She and her husband, John Ptak, live in Asheville with their two daughters, Emma and Tess, a dog named Blue, three cats whose furniture scratching proclivities don't merit their being mentioned by name, and until the recent UnfortunateIncident, a dwarf hamster named Maggie.

Table of Contents

Preface Why 37 days?Chapter 1 Write to rememberChapter 2 Start with IChapter 3 Intention Chapter 4 Insight Chapter 5 Intuition Chapter 6 Integrity Chapter 7 InclusionChapter 8 Intensity Chapter 9 Live an Irresistible ObituaryAfterword Acknowledgements

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Life Is a Verb 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This gem is located in the self-help section of Barnes and help YOURSELF to a wonderful, thought provoking, funny and touching book. Patti never beats you over the head with how she feels you are supposed to behave or think. She just says her reality and leaves the reader with new insights. You come away feeling your mind and heart refreshed and renewed. I urge you to add this book to your'll be happy you did!
Juels-Daugher More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful compilation of short stories of seemingly small, but impactful life events. The book is inspiring and fun to read. I was prompted to read this book by a group of women who like to challenge each other to be creative. We were told to read the stories, find one that inspired us and then spend 37 days implementing something we were inspired to do. I chose "Write a Grocery List." For the next 37 days I wrote to my Dad (age 83) and asked him a series of questions. I wanted him to write stories in his own handwriting. He responded with some amazing stories. This book was the inspiration for stories I can now pass along to my children.
beadzombie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life is a Verb is the most inspirational and beautiful book I have ever read. It is helping me to come out of a very deep depression and learn to appreciate everything again. It has also helped me to start journaling again to heal myself. I started feeling better before I got to page 40!I bought 8 copies for friends and relatives for holiday presents... It is a great gift book and a RAK book. I hope to share its healing and inspiration with as many people as I can.Filled with inspirational quotes and anecdotes, it really makes you look at all the wonders of the world and realize how lucky you are to be able to experience them. I love quotes and there is at least one, if not two, on almost every page of the book --- and each quote is as powerful and moving as the last. (Most of the quotes can even lead to a deep journaling session if you want to take the time.)This is the kind of book you will find yourself going back through time and time again - before you even finish it! Go out and buy your own copy as soon as you can!
kreativiT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is the type of book that is set up so that you can read it in sections and do some of the suggested activities or read it straight through (like I did) and then go back and reread and focus on some of the activities. I will keep this on my nightstand for quite a while.
porch_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Patti Digh's stepfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, she helped to care for him in his remaining 37 days of life. This experience made an impression on her and caused her to seriously consider what she would do if she only had 37 days to live. She provides 37 suggestions organized into six themes: Say Yes, Trust Yourself, Slow Down, Be Generous, Speak Up, and Love More. Each chapter includes personal stories that bring the ideas to life. For example, Carry a Small Grape may seem to be an unusual piece of advice. But when Patti relates the story of how thrilled her young daughter Tess was to find a teeny tiny grape in a bunch and how she carried it around for days, the message to appreciate the small things comes to life. Digh also sprinkles lots of quotes from other people throughout. I love quotes and highlighted many of these including:"Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: Always to try to be a little kinder than necessary?" ~ Sir James M. BarrieEach chapter also ends with a short (10-minute) reflection and an activity to try for 37 days. While I didn't do many of these on this first read through the book, there are a few that I think I will go back to - including writing a Haiku every day for 37 days. In fact, Digh even writes book reviews in Haiku. Perhaps we should adopt that practice on LT - I might be able to make it through all of the threads then. I thought I'd try it for this book:Stories from Digh's heartDon't wait until it's too lateGo all in each dayAlthough I didn't come away from Life is a Verb with any striking new revelations, these ideas - focus on what's important, connect authentically with others, appreciate the small things - are ones that I always need to be reminded of. Digh also has a blog - - that I like a lot!
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Not bad, but I didn't feel it was spectacular. It felt kind of like a conversation with my girlfriends. There were many thought provoking moments, and it was similar to a self help book, without being too preachy. Some of the activities in this book, were fun, others were kind of odd. I felt most comfortable reading through the book first, then going back to the movements and actions.
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queenM More than 1 year ago
this book was quirky and fun. things to ponder about life. ideas to incorporate through out your day. cute, catchy graphics.
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