I recently started reading Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally by Patti Digh. The book came about when Patti’s stepfather died 37 days after being diagnosed with cancer. This event caused her to realize that “living your best life doesn’t mean ditching your job and sailing around the world-it means living each individual, glorious, simple day with more intention.”
In the book, Patti shares life stories that illustrate and celebrate “six core practices for living without regrets: say yes, be generous, speak up, love more, trust yourself, and slow down.”
One of my favorite activities in the book thus far is celebrating small things, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post on success. To celebrate the small things, Patti has a great suggestion: birthday candles. Why use birthday candles just for birthdays? Why not use birthday candles to celebrate your accomplishments, your successes, your achievements.
To all those people out there who shared their successes after reading yesterday’s post; to all those people who made a mental note and patted themselves on the back for small successes, to all those people who said silently or aloud Woo-hoo, light a birthday candle and celebrate!
This one is for you!
October 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm
Thanks! It really looks yummy. 🙂 We recently celebrated by blowing out two candles on a cake for Mandy’s 2nd anniversary of her kidney transplant!!
October 23, 2008 at 10:58 am
yay for birthday candles! love the pic. i’m reading patti’s book too and loved her six core practices too.
October 27, 2008 at 1:07 pm
Wow Paula, I can’t believe it has been 2 years since Mandy’s transplant. Congratulations!
Hi Leah, yep, Patti’s book is indeed enjoyable.