Past Vs. Present

I’ve spent my adult life stressing the importance of being in the present as much as possible and that dialogue, the highest level of communication between people, demands that we be present with each other. How else do we hear, understand, and are able to confirm if not present?

But living long enough brings many physical, mental, and emotional changes. So, staying in the present is a challenge. If you have ills and pain that are with you most of the time, what sense is there being omnipresent with any of this? Instead, doing everything possible to get away or at least to alleviate pain and discomfort is what we do. If the pain and discomfort become too much, drugs come into play, and if they are strong enough, they take us out of being altogether.

I have come to appreciate that our memories have value to us beyond their real-time experience. Our travels were, for the most part, physical and educational adventures. We occupied our days with as much as possible, always taking the “blue” roads, rarely sure where we would stay, camp, and eat. We just let the road and “events dictate.”

This filled our minds and senses so that those experiences are as much with us today as they were then. Perhaps this is what pushing the envelope of living is about, building up a memory pool to be used when we cannot do anything except live with what each day of aging brings us.

Consider the possibility that we live as fully as possible when we are able so that we can then go back to our memories for those moments when the present becomes less important than the past.


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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