Leo Buscaglia was an author and motiviational speaker, who at the time. focused on personal relationships. He was often referred to as Dr. Love. His work and message still endure today. He authored fourteen books and coined a valuable question that his own father asked him everyday when he was child: “What have you learned today?”. It’s an interesting question to ask yourself at the end of each day.
Our Memorial Day Holiday is nearly upon us and I would like to share this very fitting poem. It begins with a brief introduction of how Leo obtained it and the life lesson it provides. The poem is written out below along with a YouTube clip of Leo reading it. (Which method of delivery did you prefer?)
Like many things that are within our reach, we sometimes wait just too long to decide, to act, or to appreciate the opportunity at hand. It’s an important National holiday weekend that you probably will spend with family & friends, so practice recognizing the moments and appreciate them.
“There was a girl who gave me (Leo Buscaglia speaking here) a poem, and she gave me permission to share it with you, and I want to do that because it explains about putting off and putting off and putting off – especially putting off caring about people we really love. She wants to remain anonymous, but she calls the poem, “THINGS YOU DIDN’T DO” and she says this”:
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Things You Didn’t Do
Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
I thought you’d kill me, but you didn’t.
And remember the time I dragged you to the beach, and you said it would rain, and it did?
I thought you’d say, “I told you so.” But you didn’t.
Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys to make you jealous, and you were?
I thought you’d leave me, but you didn’t.
Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie all over your car rug?
I thought you’d hit me, but you didn’t.
And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
I thought you’d drop me, but you didn’t.
Yes, there were lots of things you didn’t do,
But you put up with me, and you loved me, and you protected me.
There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you when you returned from Viet Nam.
But you didn’t.