I hope everybody had a restful Thanksgiving. I know everyone at Pacific Dugoni needed a rest from all the hard work and intense studying that has been happening this quarter. Surely everyone is also looking forward to the beginning of the holiday season as well as a much longer rest period.
During my Thanksgiving break, I had an opportunity to take some time off, sit and relax, and do some reading, which I much enjoy, in particular historical nonfiction. Over this break, I enjoyed a book about the history of World War II.
What struck me as I read were the hardships that people both in this country and throughout the world faced at that time – the loss of life, the need to sacrifice material comforts, and many other challenges to the nation. It made me even more thankful for what I have today. Fortunately, as a country, we are relatively at peace. Two military engagements that we have been involved in for the past several years seem to be winding down at last. It is to be hoped that this will mean no more loss of life.
Our current era has its own set of challenges, particular economic ones. While everyone has had to make some sacrifices during this difficult time, they do not compare in magnitude to those during World War II, not to mention World War I. And as those difficult periods eventually came to an end, history tells us that this one will as well.
I’m very thankful for my health, family, friends and the opportunity to work at a great institution with great programs and a lot of fantastic people. We will continue to have challenges as we move forward and into our future new facilities, but I am grateful that we will have the opportunity to enhance the Pacific Dugoni reputation locally, nationally and internationally.
I want to wish everyone the very best during the coming weeks. Hopefully I will get to see many of you before we break for the holiday season. In the meantime, if you should have any comments or questions, please get in touch. Thank you all for making my life a very blessed one. Again, if there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.