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Becoming fully human, in my interpretation of Leo Buscaglia’s book Personhood, challenge us to look at life as great gift and good – because of what it enables us to give others – rather than what we are getting out of it.
It encourages us to re-assess our perspective on the nine (9) aspects of life that includes:
Last 2012, I have a friend (and 2 industry peers) who passed away last year due to heart attack. Around 4 months before that, we met for his daughter’s birthday and later found out of his health, financial condition.
Was offering help in my own small way but he refused. He was planning for his daughter’s education (expecting to live a few years more) but at the same time citing he is ready to “go” anytime soon. Found out of his death 2 months after it happened. Was hurt that time. In one provincial road trip, I used the opportunity to connect with him in my memory and said goodbye.
When Steve Jobs passed away, his talks on accepting death as a fact of life reminded of what I first learned from Leo Buscaglia with this book. That is making a sincere attempt to make a connection when you meet people. Primarily because it is likely you’ll never get to see them again. This is true in my case as opportunity to meet people usually stems from public face-to-face and online talks.
Also the reason why I don’t engage on the same level when attacked online as damage that can be brought (based on past experience) will be irreparable to the other party. Although my instinct differs when people I care for gets treated unfairly.
Leo Buscaglia was recommended by a friend who kept insisting that I should read him. Buscaglia is the only love change master that I have to date. No other author has ever touched my mind on the subject as much as he did.