Events Shape Us

Life, even in old age, is an unfinished book with stories that are written, being written with more to come. These we have no control over. Some pages fly past, and others impact us enough to alter who we are. Much of life is serendipitous; unexpected events bring about unexpected results that sometimes take us in wholly new directions. While we follow others as we would a GPS leading us to a destination.

I firmly believe that good and bad accidents make up our lives. What we do and who we are result from a series of events, certain of which make our life what it is. My being color blind kept me out of a prestigious Navy program. Lenette’s interest in my camp’s philosophy resulted in a love for 69-plus years and continuing. A drunk led me to Camp Shasta. Lenette’s dream led us to Las Vegas and our creating a miracle children’s program. These and so many other serendipitous events brought people who entered and left our lives which affected our change and growth.

As a student of “being and becoming,” I am also the subject’s teacher. And thanks to a love of reading, research, many incredible experiences, and wonderful people, including Lenette and many others, I believe I am still growing. Imagine being 96 and still learning!  I know this is doable by all who view aging as a special time in life.

This is not a time to “give up” and wait to die, but a time to learn new games and crafts, to play poker and bridge as never before. It’s a time to make new friends and to be part of a community.  It is an opportunity to socialize with as many people as time and situations allow. 

Opportunity!—Now, not at a time to come—Now is all we have



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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