Thanksgiving

Be thankful for the many advantages most of us are gifted with at birth: Reasonable Intelligence, health, and the extended life that medical science gives us. Add this to our relationships with family and others, and we have all the ingredients that make for the good life.


My own life is loaded with all of this. Plus, while entirely unexpected, a huge bag of other experiences has also been gifted to me. I believe that my life is, and continues to be, serendipitous. Back in the day, I loved my family even as we lived through the depression and some very challenging circumstances. Eight people sharing a small apartment is never easy. We fought over everything, from the one bathroom and clothes to wear. Yet, we also made it.


Four of us joined the military, and all came home to live out our lives. I went to UCLA, where I was blessed with the gift of meeting Lenette and the opportunity to build a profession. To this day, Lenette continues to be my most cherished relationship. She has been my miracle and my life from the very moment we met. Seventy years together, and it is still heaven to be with her now. My love always.


I’m about to be 95 and still believe myself to be creative. While not the strong, able fighter I used to be, I can still cope with the inevitable difficult moments. Together, Lenette and I have grown in the process of overcoming whatever has come our way.


We also remember and give thnks to the many remarkable people that played and continue to play a part in our life. They are our family, and I do not take their inclusion lightly. We could not love them more if they were our very own blood. They know this and should know this.


We may be unknown—-but come to know each other—And to love many
Life not a book read——-but a book to read each day——We need to know this.
I love you for you———-Not a promise to come———fulfilled as I am.
Sy

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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