Leo Buscalia was a happy loud mouth that liked to state the bleeding obvious and make it sound like a blinding revelation. He was fun to listen to, his books can’t touch the power of his speaking. I only saw him on TV, but he was fun to watch.
Leo Buscalia told a story about a young woman in one of his classes. She kills herself one night when her boyfriend neglects to call her. It’s a standard sad and poignant story. But Leo takes it to the next logical step, he asks: What could she have done, besides killing herself? He then rattles off a dozen or so things off the top of his head that she might have done rather than kill herself. It was a funny bit of business and one that is meant to make us all think about these things.
Now, of course, the question is not so much what could someone have done besides kill themselves, but why couldn’t they just kill themselves and leave the rest of us the hell alone?
We all live in worlds of our own creation. Everything around us, everyone around us, are all here by our own actions. Most of us don’t want to believe this, as it lays all the responsibility for our entire lives at our own feet. But the fact of the matter is that is where the responsibility belongs.
I’ve been listening to The Secret and The Law of Attraction. These are books that say you can do, be, and have anything you think you can do, be, or have. I do think it helps if your parents are rock stars, or movie stars, or former Presidents-but that makes it too easy to say it’s not my fault I’m a failure. I could make more of my life than it is, even if being a rock star is a ship that sank a long time ago.
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won’t do it, I won’t behave this way anymore. I’m lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it.
That was Leo twenty years or so ago. His own idea being that you could change for the better, always for the better.
You know, I miss Leo once in a while.
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LIVING, LOVING AND LEARNING is a delightful collection of Dr. Buscaglia’s informative and amusing lectures, which were delivered worldwide between 1970 and 1981. This inspirational treasure is for all those eager to accept the challenge of life and to profit from the wonder of love.
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