Is It Turkey Time in Your Life?


This is the season for turkeys of all sizes and pedigree. Perhaps you are planning to season and baste and cook your own. Perhaps you will eat at someone else’s table. Maybe, like my friend Phil, a vegetarian, to seek out the soy turkey.

What about your life at this time? Are you surrounded by turkeys that do not respond to your emails and phone calls? Do you feel like a turkey that is getting stuffed, cooked and carved? These turkey style feelings do not taste like a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. They provide indigestion that is not the same as eating too much.

Here are a few suggestions to follow at this time of year:

  • Do not walk around with feathers on and shouting gobble, gobble.
  • Do not lie done in a roasting pan.
  • Stay away from ovens, especially hot ones.
  • Do not stick your neck out, especially when sharp knives are in the vicinity.

This is not the time to feel like a turkey being led to slaughter. You are not going to be the centerpiece of the holiday dining event. You do have to consider how to keep your spirits high and looking ahead. You can participate and not hide. You can share with family, friends and strangers. Putting yourself in the background at this time of year delivers the wrong message, especially to you.

If you want to stay stuck, act like a turkey and hide.

If you want to get unstuck, eat the turkey with others.

Happy Thanksgiving

Richard Oppenheim
Richard Oppenheim helps individuals and companies get better. His effort is to deliver short term actions that will serve as the foundation for achieving long term goals, such as getting unstuck. He maps what is desired with what can be accomplished and then help create a personal road map for going forward.

As a CPA, Richard was an early innovator of computer based resources. Over the years, his efforts have integrated lots of business processes, personal actions, technology resources and decision making. He has developed computer based professional education courses and co-founded a company providing on-line education courses covering the areas of security, management and control over IT operations.

As an adjunct professor at NYU's Graduate School of Business, Richard served as a Director with NYU's Management Decision Laboratory. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and did post-graduate work at New York University.

His writing includes books, magazine columns, computer product reviews, feature articles, trade association pamphlets, book editing and ghostwriting.

His journey continues as he endeavors to guide and illuminate the path that others need to take.
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