our home today lives a small table bust of Albert Schweitzer that has
been in our family for nearly 70 years.
I was looking at Schweitzer the other day
and thinking about what he said about the human spirit:
“In everyone's life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
“It is then burst into flame by an
encounter with another human being.
“We should all be thankful for those
people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
First results from the return to life of
live meetings and trade shows although unscientific at this point, seem
quite positive underscoring that anyone thinking that sitting in front
of a computer will suffice and replace face-to-face meetings has another
In Copenhagen the Ground Handling Conference
dubbed “Reuniting The Aviation Family” saw the Bella Convention
Center come alive with booths from companies like Swissport, AVIA Aviation,
Worldwide Flight Services and others with about 460 reportedly in attendance
for the event.
But the unique thing were accolades for
a live show again that were heartfelt and read like a giant collective
sigh of relief from an industry that has been itching to get back to business
“An emotional return saw colleagues
share stories of trials and tribulations endured over the course of the
pandemic,” reports Max Gosney, GHI Conference Chairman, adding triumphantly:
“We did it. To be back in-person with
our delegates in Copenhagen was a wonderful thing. We’re enormously
grateful to everyone who answered GHI’s call to join the aviation
reunion after this punishing pandemic.”
The outstanding event was a football (soccer)
match of young and old folks that morphed from sincere business suits
into athletic togs for a spirited joust that we imagine also had some
Biofreeze standing by for the players postgame . . .
Elsewhere Reuters reported September 23
of “singing and dancing as South Africa’s national airline
returns to the skies," as “jubilant South African Airways (SAA)
staff at the airline took to the skies for the first time in around a
year after receiving a massive government bailout.
“After so many months we’ve
been waiting for this moment, I am so excited. I am over the moon,”
Mapula Ramatswi, an SAA flight attendant told Reuters at Johannesburg’s
OR Tambo International Airport.
The common thread of unbridled joy of life
inching back to normal seems to be growing everywhere.
In Queensland, Australia Sandra Pepper, the
Head of Education and Solicitor at Queensland Law Society facing a packed
Elder law conference at the Victoria Park ballroom opened her remarks:
“Grateful is the word of the day for
“I appreciate being able to mask-mingle
with colleagues, and constantly tell each other ‘isn’t it
great to be here?’”
On October 12 as IATA Cargo in Dublin meets,
that event having fled Istanbul will herald another opening of another
Step by step, the mighty wind of the human
spirit will not be denied.
To The Office
Picture perfectly charming and absolutely
uplifting in every way. While children once again fill schoolrooms and
playgrounds echo their laughter and The United Nations was back in “live”
session last week snarling traffic, but lifting hope.
As New York City comes alive, on the other
side of the pond, a tented dell near Frankfurt Airport's Cargo City Süd
is alive once more with good food and a bit of a tweet tweet welcoming
ATC Aviation Services AG employees to a gentle repast, as staff reports
back to office at Europe’s top GSSA's headquarters operation.
The thought of coming together in company
workplaces once again indeed is something to celebrate.
This is how life ought to be rekindled,
as the heavy lockdown of the past year and a half slowly releases its
Ah, but looking at that table reminds us
that September is upon us and in Germany many restaurants feature Pilz
Karte (Mushroom Menu) with plates full of Pfifferlinge (Chanterelles in
For the only living boy in New York, come
2022, there I am!
Thinking about this, it should not be overlooked
that the way you treat your people will most often result in that vibe
being carried forward to the customer.
Kudos to Ingo Zimmer and Dagmar Hanau for
having set that table for all time.