Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life

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Using the metaphor of baggage one carries on life's journey, the authors analyze your goals and goal-setting, and help you learn how to live with a new sense of purpose. Find where you belong; enrich your relationships; become who you want to be.

People everywhere feel overwhelmed today--weighed down by countless responsibilities and buffeted by changes in their personal and professional lives. Repacking Your Bags shows readers how to climb out from under these ...

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Overview

Using the metaphor of baggage one carries on life's journey, the authors analyze your goals and goal-setting, and help you learn how to live with a new sense of purpose. Find where you belong; enrich your relationships; become who you want to be.

People everywhere feel overwhelmed today--weighed down by countless responsibilities and buffeted by changes in their personal and professional lives. Repacking Your Bags shows readers how to climb out from under these burdens and find fulfillment in their lives--now and in the years ahead.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Career development counselor Leider (Life Skills) and freelance writer Shapiro here contend that many ``mid-life inventurers'' (those undergoing a mid-life crisis) lose their sense of what they want from their personal and professional lives. This simplistic guide is intended to help readers redefine their own version of the ``good life'' and offers a formula to achieve it. The authors advise readers to discard excess ``baggage'' such as possessions, responsibilities and relationships in order to reintegrate ``work, love, place, and purpose.'' Citing thinkers from Alfred Adler to Dante and Norman Cousins, they couch their suggestions in metaphorical, slogan-like terms and use sometimes arbitrary-sounding ``Postcard exercises'' to be exchanged with a ``Dialogue Partner.'' Having ``fully unpacked your relationship bags'' and chosen only things ``you can't live without,'' you are presumably ready to select a new purpose, way of life and environment. 30,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.)
Library Journal
The authors describe "repacking"' as the ongoing process of reevaluating and reinventing our lives. Throughout the book's five sections, training consultant Leider (The Power of Purpose, Fawcett, 1985) and coauthor Shapiro argue that there are four elements (work, love, place, and purpose) critical to a successful life and that we must live "passionately for today and purposefully for tomorrow." All of this has been said before, but some authors are able to take familiar concepts and give them new meaning or appeal. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. A major marketing campaign and interest from attendees of Leider's workshops will bring requests from some patrons. Otherwise, only the largest public libraries needing to fill their self-help shelves should consider this derivative work.-January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N. J.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
In a new, expanded and revised edition, this classic bestseller aims to help readers achieve their own vision of the good life. The authors want to help people live where they belong, with the people they love, "doing the right work, on purpose." Repacking Your Bags guides readers through getting their lives under control, deciding what really matters now, and discovering a clearer sense of purpose in life through stories, personal examples and innovative exercises. Copyright (c) 2002 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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This is a step-by-step manual designed to help you set down the burdens you are carrying, examine them to see if they are really making you happy, and discover new ways to lighten your load. Do you ever find yourself making these kinds of statements? "I've got to get my life under control." "I don't know who I want to be for the rest of my life." "I'm not fully living my life." Repacking Your Bags uses the metaphor of baggage to help remind you that life is a journey, and that your experience along the way is intimately bound up in the baggage--emotional, intellectual, and physical--that you are carrying. What we carry around defines so many aspects of our life. Learning to release what no longer serves us and developing a balance of the demands of work and love can lead us to a life made up of our own vision of success and a true path to happiness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881052876
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Leider is a career counselor, consultant, and director of Leider, Inc.

Shapiro is a writer, consultant, and education director of the northwest center for philosophy for children.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: The Question That Started It All... 1
Sect. I Does All This Make You Happy? 9
Sect. II Unpacking Your Bags 39
Sect. III Work Bags 73
Sect. IV Relationship Bags 109
Sect. V Finding Your Place 135
Sect. VI Repacking Your Bags 157
Sect. VII The Freedom of the Road 187
Epilogue: Must Success Weigh So Much? 218
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