A Simple Path to the Good Life: Discovering the Inner Bottom Line

A Simple Path to the Good Life: Discovering the Inner Bottom Line

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A Simple Path to the Good Life: Discovering the Inner Bottom Line by Olive Gallagher, Johanna Becher-Black

There is a place inside each of us where we dwell. A place where we live, exist, extol and exclaim. Where we go to be alone with ourselves to cry, laugh, swear, anguish, worry, bitch, dream, fantasize, imagine and escape. Where we bemoan our problems, decry our enemies and explore our possibilities without judgement, comment or criticism from anyone other than ourselves. Call it your heart. Label it your soul, your spirit, center, being, gut. Whatever it is, whatever its name, it is the only totally private, unseen, singular place within us that belongs to us and us alone. And that makes it worth protecting, defending and appreciating beyond any measurable worth. Within this priceless place lies The Inner Bottom Line. It will always be The Inner Bottom Line that you turn to or will be forced to face as a measuring stick, a guideline, a tally to compare what you aspire to and what you've actually accomplished. For in the end, the only opinion, judgment or standard that will matter will be your own. In your heart, your soul, your mind, you will never be able to run away from your own truth -- who you are, what you're made of, and what you've done with the life you were given to live. Ultimately, the choices you make create your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780974937205
Publisher: Rising Moon Press
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Pages: 143
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Prologuevii
Dear Reader...xi
Introductionxiii
Premisesxv
The "Good" Life1
Ethics...How & Why?2
Discovering The Inner Bottom Line6
Three Little Words10
Power, Control & Fear10
Good Intentions11
And the Price Is?16
What's Keeping You Awake At Night? Worksheet18
Getting Down to the Bone No. 1 Worksheet23
The Fab Four24
The 1Honesty25
The 2Integrity35
The 3Respect39
The 4Fairness50
Taking Inventory57
Values59
Personal Best Values List68
Playing With a Full Deck70
The Key to Accountability70
Your Special Place72
Playing With a Full Deck No. 1 Worksheet76
Playing With a Full Deck No. 2 Worksheet80
Getting Down to the Bone No. 2 Worksheet84
Setting Boundaries86
Boundaries86
Your Boundaries & Theirs90
Crossing Boundaries92
Drawing the Line96
Boundary Circles98
Boundary Circles Worksheet103
Responsible Power116
Three Kinds of Power116
Power & Choice120
Lost Boundaries127
Where Were You When ...?127
Taking Back Control of Your Life133
Epilogue140

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