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Living Loving and Learning Paperback – October 12, 1985
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I first received the hardcover in the summer of 1982 as a going-away present from a dear,
dear friend who knew how much I'd enjoyed Buscaglia's work, having read some of his earlier
books and seen his appearances on public television. It was quite the sentimental token to
take along as I embarked on what turned out to be a three-year adventure in Italy. A lot of
my first year there was very lonely, and Buscaglia's warm, soothing words were a comfort
to me in my most homesick times and gave me hope. More than merely a gift from a
good friend, the book itself became a friend that I could turn to again and again.
Weeks after returning to the States, in December 1985, I attended a performance of Lily
Tomlin's Broadway show, and during the intermission, I noticed a man who could only have
been Leo Buscaglia chatting animatedly with a woman a few rows ahead. My heart raced; my
mind debated. After all, wasn't he there to enjoy himself as much as I was? Yet I had to meet
the man whose work had touched me so. I mustered all my courage and approached him. "I'm
sorry to interrupt, but are you Leo Buscaglia?" He smiled warmly as he nodded. I blanked on
what to say next. Finally, thinking of what I considered to be his trademark, I blurted,
"Could I have a hug?" It was a magical moment. The man was so loving and genuine that I knew I'd done the right thing in going up to him--plus, it was the most heartfelt hug I've ever received in my life. That really cemented the book's meaning for me.
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In May 1984, I was young, strong, irrational and did not fully grasp the value of love and or human relations but I thought I knew about living and learning. I received the book just three months before our daughter was born and realised the important of `love' as a `behaviour modifier'. Ever since, I have learnt many other things from this book as well from other sources. Dr Buscaglia writes about love and the importance of giving as well as receiving this unexplainable desire from the time of our birth to death. Now I know that life is nothing but a journey of seeking, giving and rejection of love.
A few months ago our daughter was very down, apparently due to the pains of growing up. Perhaps I would have been a major party in that process. May be she had peer pressure which she didn't want to communicate with me. Perhaps she thought that I was not listening to her needs (and I still do that mistake)!. When she was very down, I approached and `tactfully demanded' her (like many parents do) to read the book. I even highlighted the section that she should read. A few days later she returned the book and said: "Dad, this book has a lot of what you always talk about!". She smiled and thanked me. It was a very precious moment in my life.Read more ›
looking in the mirror and seeing someone just like
me looking back - I don't mean physically, I mean
in his heart and sould and my heart and soul.
I come to this review with that energy - a whole
hearted belief in the wisdom of Buscaglia's words,
vision. It is my wholehearted desire that these
messages and similar messages continue to grow.
This book is a compilation of transcripts of many
talks given by Dr. Buscaglia. In reading the words,
you will feel as if he is addressing you personally.
You will laugh (and cry) at his stories, be challenged
by his insights and be inspired by his presence
on the written page.
One of my favorite chapters is "Teach Life" - where
in his true form, he shares about his love for
Valentine's Day, his most informative role models
and how the truth of a sacred Sufi story still
rings true in today's world.
The chapter "Bridges, Not Barriers" is also excellent
and rang so familiar, it was as if Buscaglia was
walking around in my brain... and since he is no
longer on the physical plane... well, you just never
One of quotes from the book is found on page 73:
"Knowledge is not wisdom! Learning alone is not
wisdom. Wisdom is the application of knowledge and
facts. Wisdom is realizing you know nothing. Wisdom
is saying, "My mind is open. Wherever I am, I am just
beginning. There is more to be realized by a hundred
fold than what I know".Read more ›
At any rate, this book is an eye opener for those of us who have gotten lost in life and need to slow down to smell the roses and enjoy the life we have, while we have it. Dr. Buscaglia delivers a down to earth, nearly physically touchable experience of how it feels to truly live your life loving and learning. Moreover, he defines what a lover and student of life will experience if they make that transition.
I would urge anyone who is either at the end of their rope and needing a knot to put in their rope, in order to hold on, to buy this book. If possible, get the audio and experience his exhuberant spirit.
Dr. Buscaglia still lives on today to me, and like he stated several times over, that when he dies he does not want people to cry, he wants them to celebrate. What better way to celebrate than to continue to pass his message on to others.
I've worked with geriatric patients and found my women's group to love his PBS videos, which if I could find and buy, would do so in a New York minute. And most importantly, I try to use his philosophy when I find it needed, in my own life, passing it on to my children, family, and friends.
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Great book, great bookstore! Good condition, exactly as asked for. Fast shipping. Thank you!Published 14 months ago by Sarah Counts