Dear Friends,

One of my favorite quotes is from Act 3 of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town. Emily, one of the main characters, reflects on her life (I don’t want to give away anything if you haven’t read the play, so I will avoid further detail) and asks, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? – every, every minute?”

It may seem strange for the dean of a business college to quote Thornton Wilder, stranger still that I am addressing stakeholders of our college. But some things are worth being reminded about, regardless of venue. As we reflect on the pandemic, perhaps we find ourselves reflecting on what is most meaningful to us. More people may be realizing the importance of every minute of life when they seek work/life balance through remote employment or as they exit the workforce as part of the “Great Resignation.”

Andrew Rosman

The Wilder quote is framed and hangs in my office so I can look at it every day. To me, it is about balance – not just work/life – but also about letting the people in your lives know how important they are and how grateful you are for them. It is about looking out your office window or taking a walk outside at lunch to daydream, think, and reflect. It is about investing in yourself by taking care of your health, choosing a new hobby to create additional value in your life, or reaching out to rekindle a dormant friendship.

Take the first step by asking yourself, “How can I realize the value of every minute of every day…” Then, follow through.

Andrew Rosman
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship

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