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Project 137 - 2014

Patti Digh

Project 137 - 2014

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On August 16, 2012, I turned 53 years old.

My father was 53 years old when he died.

In 2012 when I turned 53, Emma was the age I was when my father died.

I had always wondered about that birthday, about surpassing him in age. And I wondered how many days he lived past his 53rd birthday.

So I counted the days.

And there were 137 of them.

Some of you might know the significance of 37days in my life. To see that number reflected again in such an important way was... well... it was meaningful.

And then I counted 137 days past August 16th to see how long I would live were I to live only the same amount of time as my father.

And 137 days past August 16th brought me to December 31. New Year's Eve. The eve of a new year, a new life.

There is something magical about all that.

It feels big to me, a marking of time, an important journey. To honor my father and his too-short life, and also to remind me that life is short. And, in truth, to help me get my life in order, to be more mindful, to clear ground, and simplify, and do all the things we put off but need doing.

And so I embarked on a 137 day journey that year. Over 1500 people joined me. It was a simple path, one in community with others who wanted to love well, live fully, let go deeply, and make a difference.

I celebrated that birthday in 2012 with my husband, John, at the UNC Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, as we began his journey - and I started the Project 137 journey from there. There is something beautifully ironic about that.

Our path:

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during these 137 days, you'll receive an email with an inspiration, a question, an "assignment," or a happy. Some of these will include video interviews with experts who will challenge you for that week.

You'll be asked to examine, in various ways, what needs doing in your life. And then, without the amount of reflection that simply paralyzes you, to act on those things, to do them. As if time were running short, which it is, of course.

Special guests will join us periodically during these 137 days, experts in financial health, decluttering, project and life management, yoga and meditation, creating a legacy, creativity, wellness, surviving heartbreak, grief and loss--and so much more. You never know who might show up!

This isn't a class, but a project, and a gathering.

Together we will create greater, deeper meaning in our lives. We will live like we are dying in order to fully live. And we'll do it together.

In addition to our online gathering spot where you'll receive your "assignments," we'll also have a Facebook group for conversation and community.

Hell, who knows what we'll do. It will be big and luscious and grounding. You will engage at the level you can--and that will change for all of us in the course of 137 days. Some days, you will simply read the quote for the day and that will be enough. Other days, you'll clear space in your house and life. Some days you'll be asked to create closure in open-ended things in your life.

I hope you'll join in.

Give what you can to join Project 137, respecting our minimum of $20. Proceeds from this class are used each year to help someone in need.

Have questions about Project 137 - 2014? Contact Patti Digh


Patti Digh

Patti Digh is the award-winning author of six books, including the grassroots bestsellers "Life is a Verb" and "Creative is a Verb" as well as "Four Word Self Help" and "What I Wish for You: Simple Wisdom for a Happy Life."

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