We are giving away a copy of Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro. Check out this excerpt and leave a comment for your chance to win the book!
Look around. Most of your contemporaries are no longer consumed with consumption. Hardly anyone still believes that the “most toys” wins. Accumulation is no longer the name of the game — your friends and colleagues are now asking “What really matters?” “How much is enough?” and “What is the good life and how can I live it?”
Repacking Your Bags offers a new life/work model, a fresh way of thinking about what matters most in your life and how to attain it.
There are hundreds of books out there on job hunting. On resume writing. On money management. On career planning. The topics are virtually endless, but most share an assumption that life can be compartmentalized. Most put forth the position that people can work on an element of their lives independently of other factors.
Repacking Your Bags takes a radically different approach — radical in its simplicity. Instead of breaking things down into parts, the book focuses on reintegration of the whole. It’s about putting it all back together. Instead of viewing life as a collection of compartments, it takes a “whole person” approach that takes into account four elements critical to a successfully integrated life — work, love, place, and purpose.
Repacking starts with an assumption that seems obvious, but which is too often overlooked: Everyone has a different definition of the good life. Therefore, in order to achieve an authentic experience of our own good life, each of us must reflect and choose. Repacking offers an approach to do that — an approach that is unique in three ways.
First, by providing a generic formula for the good life into which you can plug your own specifics, Repacking enables you to shape your own vision of what the good life means to you, personally.
Second, Repacking encourages you to reflect on and commit to your vision of the good life through an emphasis on dialogue — with yourself and others.
Third, Repacking uses the metaphor of travel — and baggage — to help remind you that life is a journey and that your experience on the way is inextricably bound up in the baggage — emotional, intellectual, and physical — that you are carrying.
Essentially, it’s about choice — fundamental choice — but choice that springs from inner needs and a lifetime perspective.
The ability to repack our bags and make choices that move us in new, more fulfilling directions is a power that lies within us all. Our experience with Repacking Your Bags has helped us do that, and we hope that your experience with Repacking can do the same for you.
Ultimately, we’re all in transition — always. And what repacking as a metaphor teaches us is that having a process to help navigate those transitions is the key to living our ongoing vision of the good life. Of course, there are many ways to engage that process and you’ll discover your own as you proceed. But perhaps the best way to get going is to begin with the question that started it all:
Does all this make you happy?
Excerpted from Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro. Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
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