Will You Give In to Aging?

I do not give in to aging and will not. I accept and frankly admit to being surprised that I am still around with a relatively sharp mind, memory, and in good physical condition. Still, I do not take any of this for granted. I may be an aberration compared to the rest of my family, but I’ll take this gift and run with it for as long as possible. 

I believe I am here as I am because I want to be here for Lenette. I fight aging, and I know deep inside me that I do this for her, and I know she does this for me. A year or two ago, I was ready and willing to die. Lenette sensed this in me and challenged me with, “You have no right to make that decision on your own. We are ONE, not two.”

How funny this is. While doing workshops around the country, I often brought Lenette into the dialogue, and some people thought I was SyLenette, not Sy. They associated what I was saying as being one person, not two. And now, I began to understand that l also thought of us as one. And we are.

So, the message here, and it is essential, is that we all need a cause worth fighting for and staying alive for. Lenette is my cause. Do you have one? It could be your spouse if you are still blessed to have one. It could be your children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. It might even be a friend that has always been there for you. In any case, the point is that we need a cause beyond ourselves if we are to continue to fight our aging battles.

I so love Lenette—She loves me too, and maybe more—We are twice blessed. 


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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