Living In Strange Times

We are living in times that we have not lived in before. Like you we know and have always had the freedom to do what we wanted and needed to do. This is different in so many ways. We see friends and do not touch each other where we used to kiss or a simple hug. We get phone calls checking up on our well being as we do to them. We do not shop as often or do so in different ways.. We are concerned, but do not see or feel panic. These days are simply different and we have no idea on how long this will last.

Thought about writing a brief paper and not sure of what will come of it. So where do I go from here?

I volunteered to do a brief workshop for the residents of our senior complex. The subject is Genuine Dialogue. Hopefully the number of participants will be limited so that questions can be asked by any and all and dialogue results. I’m a teacher so my goal is to bring a bit of awareness to my audience. If it works and people feel they have learned something about their significant relationships and how to make them work better we’ll do it again.   They will know and I’ll be informed. People will want more.

A bit of general information about us residents: We are a 55 year old and up living environment. About 125 apartments, one and two bedrooms, workout gym, heated salt water indoor pool, dining room, bar and lounge, meeting and game rooms and lovely to be grounds. Twenty four hour front desk concierge and bus service as needed. A variety of activities are scheduled each day, but people are on their own to join in or not. As an example Lenette and I are learning the game of bridge and play with guidance frequently. Great game!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and residents pay each month for a set number of points that are deducted based on the meals and food one eats. Lenette and I have breakfast and what lunch we eat in our apartment. We make it a point to have dinner in the dining room so we can and do get to know most of the other residents. Those we’ve met and spend time with are enjoyable and interesting individuals. We are developing into a caring group and the being there for each other is clearly taking place. 

Having built a number of communities Lenette and are intimately aware of the many difficulties common to the building, staffing,  training, organizing and operating a facility and to turn it into a community for the benefit of others. The challenge is clearly make what is built and staffed into the best human environment possible.  

Educated, professional or not people must be respected as the individuals they each are. This means that everyone involved contributes to what is best for everyone. And when I say individual I mean every resident and every employee. Sy

I live here and now————Tomorrow is its own day———–Promises wasted.

Let yesterday go————-The River of life takes it———-Not to be again. 

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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