All of my life I lived in a coconut. (LEO BUSCAGLIA)

All of my life I lived in a coconut. (LEO BUSCAGLIA)

Jack Parr says a wonderful thing. He says, “My life seems like one long obstacle course, with me as the chief obstacle.”

Isn’t that great?

Buscaglia, in one of his speeches, includes the following piece, “Locked In”:
All of my life I lived in a coconut. Isn’t that a beautiful place to live? It was dark, especially in the morning when I had to shave. I had no way of getting in touch with the outside world. If no one out there happened to find a coconut and was wise enough to crack it open, I was doomed to live my life in a coconut and die there. I died in my coconut.

Later they found the coconut and they cracked it open and they found me shrunken and crumbled inside. “Oh, what a shame,” they said. “If only we’d found him earlier, maybe we could have saved him. Maybe there’s more like him, locked in like that. Let’s go look,” they said, as they started knocking open every coconut in reach. “No use, a waste of time, we knew it. A person who chooses to live in a coconut is a nut in a million.” They didn’t know it, but I have a brother who lives in an acorn.

If you’ve never lived in a coconut you don’t know what a cramped, lonely existence it can be, living in a coconut of fear, being afraid to reach out, to unveil the inner sanctums of the heart.

 

 

 

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Leo Buscaglia



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