Summary of Repacking Your Bags

Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life

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Repacking Your Bags book summary
To stay light on your feet, you have to carry less metaphorical baggage. Here


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This book is directed to those who want to unburden and redefine their lives. Authors Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro encourage readers to re-evaluate their daily lives: relationships, work places, home, and purpose. They present their suggestions for the metaphorical "unpacking and repacking" of life’s excess "baggage" in an easy-to-read, sensitive, and even humorous way. Suggestions and exercises encourage you to reexamine what is truly important. Though sometimes redundant, they provide encouraging, thought-provoking material. Reading this book may cause you to have a mid-life crisis "on purpose" and begin to live like Thoreau, "deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life." getAbstract recommends this book for those who want to simplify their lives and reassess their priorities.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to unload your burdens
  • How to reestablish the priorities in your life
  • Why you need to develop nourishing intimate relationships to grow as a person


Regaining the Good Life
More and more, people feel overwhelmed, joyless and trapped in today’s fast-paced, fun-seeking society. People feel cornered by the demands of daily living. Since the middle 1900’s, United States residents have prioritized higher salaries over family and leisure...
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About the Authors

Richard J. Leider, a nationally recognized speaker and author, is an expert on career and lifestyle strategies. He is the founder and partner of the Inventure Group, a training consulting firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. David A. Shapiro, a resident of Seattle, began his professional career by writing jokes for comedians. He now writes career development programs for businesses and organizations, and works with interactive multimedia.

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