Sometimes I find a book that just speaks to me at the particular time that I am reading it. This book – Four Word Self Help : Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives by Patti Digh — is one of those books. Oh my goodness. It is a simple idea but oh such a wonderful idea. It is kind of like Twitter where the poster is restricted to a certain number of characters. In this book written way back in 2010 the idea that author Patti Digh proposes is to simply put thoughts into 4 word phrases. Brilliant.
The really great thing about this book is the art that illustrates the author’s words. Patti Digh wrties a blog here and her blog is a great place to see what her writing is all about. The art that accompanies the words in this particular book is all done by folks who follow her blog. All of their names and information are included at the end of this short book and I loved how each page was even more brilliantly illustrated than the next.
So what are some of the four word phrases that Patti Digh shares in this little gem of a book? Take a look at a few of the pages that I took a quick picture of below.
Doesn’t it make you want to make up a few of your own four word phrases? Here are a few of mine. Let me know what you come up with in the comments and Comment for a Cause for Friends of DuPont Forest.
Be the ripple everywhere.
Always pay it forward.
Live life with gusto.
Know when to quit.
Love big – hug often.
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What a great idea! Here are a couple off the cuff.
Never ever give up
It’s never too late
Dream a new dream
Live, laugh, listen, love
Perfect additions to the 4 word challenge ! Thanks for sharing!
Your 4 word phrases, and Darlene’s are lovely.
“Say please and thank you!’
“Smile and be kind.”
“Look for a rainbow”
These are great too, Jena. I love “smile and be kind”.
So many great 4 words!
Great 4 words to add to the list. You know I love the Smile and Be Kind one!
This is a fun challenge. I was thinking “ seek inspiration, share it”
Love it, Jill! Of course you would come up with some great ones!
These are great! Borrowing from someone else’s song lyric, here is my attempt: “Don’t pack your troubles.” The song lyric is from the song Heavy by Birdtalker: “Leave what’s heavy behind.”
Oh I love those! They are perfect 4 word mottos! Thanks for sharing!
These are so inspiring.
I love the simplicity of them!
What a great ideal. A few words to really make you think. Here goes: Live life to fullest
Share you smile always, Put on God’s armor.
I love all of your 4 word mottos, Shirley! Thanks for sharing!
Share a smile today.
Oh PERFECT! I love it!
Wow, I love this! Very inspiring and your readers have come up with some great thoughts too. Borrowing from a song, this one came to my mind “Go light your world.” One of my mother’s favorites: “Don’t ever say never.” Mine: “Thankful hearts spark joy.”
LOVE your additions! Absolutely love them. Thanks for sharing.