In times like we face today, as with every day, there are experiences that happen to us that have important lessons to teach us. Some experiences offer us choices like those having to do with our relationships to others. We can nurture relationships we feel good about and cut off those we don’t want. Or, if the relationship is important to us for any number of reasons we do what’s necessary to maintain it. Working with a controlling boss is an example. If it’s how we make a living we do what we have to do in order to protect ourselves or our source of income. The point to be made is that most experiences are loaded with lessons; some we need to learn so that we are better prepared for tomorrow. Other lessons, valuable or not, simply pass by us to be repeated again and again. We either refuse to learn or are unconscious to the value being presented.

The question is not “are our experiences full of potential value?” The great majority of us would agree that we become what we become thanks to our experiences. But do we eagerly learn from them or are too many lessons forced upon us? I would rather that I choose to learn and seek out the lessons. Life tells us that this is simply not the truth for the majority, or why do we continue to relate to each other as we do? 

We live on a relatively small planet with limited resources and we must know that problems with our environment and resources are only getting worse for all of us. Yet, instead of cooperation and making the best of a worsening situation we remain in competition and conflict with each other; and so my concern and this paper.

Humans live in the NOW. It is that simple a truth. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is yet to come. Dinosaurs lived millions of years and yet in a moment the earth and many of its living inhabitants were destroyed. It can happen again and humanity is so unable to do anything about this. We witness this almost every day when some event, be it Fire, Earthquake, Hurricane and now the Corona Virus hits humanity. How fragile humanity is when it comes to dealing with nature. 

So what’s the lesson thrown in our face by the Corona Virus experience? The same lesson almost every non-beingevent has for us. Live in the NOW. Be present for yourself and those you love and relate to.    

Also, why do I highlight Non-Being? I do so because there is a world of difference between us beings and the non-being world that surrounds us and for the most part controls our destiny. Here there is no conscience, no thought, no being. All it is are events that happen and we humans suffer or benefit. 

We humans exist only in the NOW. We know there was a past we call our history. We can only hope that we learned from those many experiences. Maybe the most important of lessons? We are alive and live NOW. Make the most of it.         Sy

Haiku: Time irrelevant————-Now is all we really have————Enjoy the moment

Love each other now—————Saving for tomorrow, why?———–all we have is now.  

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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