Curve balls & Spitters

Curve Balls & Spitters: Life throws all that and more at us. Yet, we can never anticipate this before it happens and are left standing as if in cement. We rise and prepare for the day, shower, maybe shave and do what we usually do.  We may have the entire day outlined in our minds. We may have things to do, people to see, and places to go. At least, that is what we are thinking. Still, life plays tricks on us, and the best-laid plans will often go completely astray. 

This is a frequent happening in old age. Don’t bet on feeling great and prepared for what you were ready for and doing yesterday. This is a whole new day, and the effects of aging are insidious. It can creep up or attack full bore, and in an instant, everything is changed. It is why we are constantly reminded to live each day to its fullest. We must, or we lose what we possess, which is “this time, this moment,” and those experiences that take place. 

I have written that for the old and aging, our memories, particularly the good ones, are where we need to live. Being in the present is everything for the young and those who see and do and have much life and living ahead of them. On the other hand, being in the “present” does little for the aged.

The truth is often hard to swallow, but as we grow old, injuries gained in more youthful days return along with other numerous ills that are part of the aging package. It is why I suggest seeking out those old and fond memories. As bitter and callous as life can be for some, there can still be a few memories worth bringing back to life. Hopefully, the good ones are there, and digging for them is the right thing. Ideally, where you are at this moment is pleasant and enjoyable. If so, file these memories as worthy of hanging on to and sharing your good feelings with friends.


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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