Repacking Your Bags

  • 3h 17m
  • David A. Shapiro, Richard J. Leider
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2012

The first and second editions of Repacking Your Bags helped people develop their own unique vision of the good life and take practical steps at home and at work to make sense of their lives and live in an authentically meaningful way. Written as a travel guide iIt helped people to put together a "trip checklist" that provided the elements of the good life: work, love, place, and purpose.

But Leider and Shapiro came to realize that repacking is not something we do once or twice in reaction to a sense of disillusionment or frustration in our lives. Developing one’s own vision of the good life is a matter of constant and evolving choice, as the inevitable shifts and surprises life has to offer continually unfold before us. With each step along the way, it remains necessary to re-examine what has brought us here, to continue asking ourselves if the choices that have sustained us so far are continuing to do so—or if they’re just weighing us down.

This edition has been thoroughly revised to make it applicable for readers today. The changes include:

  • Refocused message on the new life and work realities and the survival skills required to succeed
  • More practices and experiences for “lightening your load.”
  • Fresh new stories of "people just like me", the reader.
  • A new "Repacking Journal"

About the Authors

Richard Leider is a widely-read and internationally-known speaker, author, and coach in the executive and personal development fields. Richard is consistently rated as one of the top executive educators and coaches in the world. As a commentator on “life work” issues, he is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, PBS, NPR, and other media sources. Along with his professional pursuits, Richard has led annual Inventure Expedition walking safaris in East Africa for almost three decades.

Dave Shapiro is an educator, author, and philosopher whose professional interests are focused on helping people, young and old, discover meaning and purpose in their lives. He is the author and/or co-author of five books, including three with Richard Leider. David is a tenured faculty member in Philosophy at Cascadia Community College and the Education Director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children.

In this Book

  • Repacking Your Bags—Lighten Your Load for the Good Life, Third Edition
  • Preface—Why Did We Redo It Again?
  • Prologue—The Question That Started It All . . .
  • What Is the Good Life?
  • Unpacking Your Bags
  • Repacking Your Place Bag
  • Repacking Your Relationship Bag
  • Repacking Your Work Bag
  • Repacking on Purpose
  • The Freedom of the Road
  • Epilogue—Lightening Your Load
  • Repacking Journal—The Good Life Inventory
  • Repacking Journal—The Good Life Checklist
  • Repacking Journal—Creating a Repacking Group
  • Repacking Resources
  • Notes
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