The Ways of Leo Buscaglia - Living, Loving, & Learning
This weeks quote comes from one of my most favorite books & authors, "Living Loving and Learning" by Leo Busclagia. I've read almost all of Mr. Busclagia books and his teachings have had a major impact on my personhood, my Coaching practice how I view the world around me.
I always get a smile on my face when I think of his writings which are so full of passion, truth, and joy. Back in the 70's, Mr. Busclagia became famous for teaching a course called Love at USC. Each semester the class would fill up and there would be a waiting list. He was a gifted sensitive person who was way ahead of his time and for that I am truly grateful. Here's a quote from the book on intimacy:
"I truly feel that if there is, in this world, one person whom we can touch totally, unabashedly and unashamedly, we will never die of loneliness. One person! I don't say fifty, a hundred, a thousand. It really doesn't matter who that person is, woman to woman, man to man, someone you don't have to hide from. Someone to whom you can say "These are my feelings," and they say, "Good. It's all right." "This is me!" "That's O.K." I often ask my classes, "How many of you have such a person?" I don't want you to answer, but just think it! At home? In your family? Can you go to your husband? Can you go to your wife? Can you go to your next door neighbor? Can they come to you? There aren't many who know real intimacy and that's frightening."
Why does intimacy frighten us? I too have experienced moments when I feel that intimacy will hurt me and so in effort to avoid hurt I avoid intimacy. Yet, I also know that this methodology is not accurate. I know that people make choices that can hurt, but that intimacy in and of itself is a necessary and valuable encounter. Intimacy frightens us because we have falsely associated it with bringing us pain. Since I've experienced and accepted this mind shift it makes it possible for me to seek intimate encounters with people and thus, deepen my human experience. Who is your one person that you can be intimate with? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Remember, time is short. Do your happy dance. Enjoy life!