Some of Life's Simple Pleasures are the Best


By Kenneth L. Ender, Ph.D. President

Thanksgiving week… The morning was glorious. It was crisp and dry, with an early morning glow that promised a wonderful fall day. It was a great morning for a run and a time for personal reflection.

Of course, my dog, Sammy, was involved with the mix. Just to watch that dog run and frolic is to actually see pure joy and happiness. For him, life is as simple as the pleasure he finds in his unbridled ability to run, eat and get his ears rubbed. That and a warm place to sleep makes for a life of contentment for Sammy, the dog. Ah, if it was so simple and straight-forward for those of us in the human race.

We tend to lose sight of the simple pleasures in life. No doubt, most of us make life pretty darned complicated. So, most of my morning runs tend to deal with thinking about those complications and trying to determine how problems can be solved and goals can be met.

This morning, however, my thoughts took a different track. Perhaps Sammy got me started. A smile came to my face watching him as I jogged along. My thoughts and senses began to experience the wonders of nature - terrain, animals, a lovely pond and large lake – all the features that make Parvin State Park so special.

When my thoughts and senses take me in these directions, my reflections always end up focused on the people that make my life so worth living. I’m reminded of all that I have to be thankful for - the parents that raised me, my family and friends, my twin, my good colleagues and trusted advisors, and my wife, Diann.

And, once again, I’m reminded by Sammy that life is quite simple and very understandable. We should all be thankful for love, trust, commitment and hope. Thanks, Sammy.