| In 1948 I was born Antoniovito DeLiso, in a very old and small town in Italy called, Mola Di Bari. My father brought the family to the United States when I was barely one year old. I've been back to Italy to visit my warm and loving relatives only a few times since we moved away.
My parents raised my older sister and me in Chicago. We lived in modest conditions, in a very average neighborhood. I attended public school throughout elementary, high school, and much later in life when I completed my college education.
For the most part, my elementary school teachers had low expectation for what my future might hold. What I heard most of the time, at parent/teacher conferences, and there were many, was, "He's smart, but he's lazy." "He doesn't pay attention, he's always starring out the window."
I barely managed to graduate high school and then I joined the Air Force. I did fairly well in the Air Force. I started to develop a sense of pride; that I could be someone and that I could manage responsibility.
Since then, as my life moved forward with many trying times, and a few encouraging words from others, I always sought to do better, to live a better life. I found my path by trial and error, like most of us do.
I studied martial arts and yoga. I went to college and studied psychology and many years later I received a degree in business. And later still, I received a degree in teaching.
During all of those years what I truly wanted to know, what I was searching for, was the answer to the question; who am I really and what is spirit? Without my realizing it, all that I had done, all that I had studied and all of the people who touched my life, just naturally brought me closer and closer to the answer to my question. But a serious study of this question brought me to writing this book.
All of the great masters, sages, enlightened ones and ordinary successful people seem to be saying the same thing. It is our legacy to bring into our lives, as Florence Scovel-Shinn might have put it; health, wealth, love and perfect self-expression, just for the asking.
I believe this legacy is within us all, and therein lays our personal power.
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Legacy: The Power Within