A Jour­ney to Heal­ing

if you get knocked off your feet

Business Traveler (USA) - - TALKING POINT - — Dan Booth Edi­to­rial Di­rec­tor

As this mag­a­zine goes to press, the city of Bos­ton and the na­tion are still reel­ing from the bomb­ing at the fin­ish line of the Bos­ton Marathon on April 15. At this writ­ing, three are dead – in­clud­ing an 8-year-old boy – and hun­dreds are wounded, many se­verely. In­ves­ti­ga­tors are sift­ing through the ev­i­dence and fol­low­ing leads, and au­thor­i­ties around the world have re­sponded with tighter se­cu­rity at pop­u­lar events and land­marks.

And for now, there are more ques­tions than an­swers; who did this? And why?

Per­haps by the time you read this, some of those an­swers will have be­gun to emerge. But cer­tain things are al­ready clear; Bos­ton’s a tough town, Amer­i­cans are a res­o­lute lot, and the hu­man spirit every­where in the world shares a com­mon re­silience in the face of ad­ver­sity. Case in point; 78-year-old Bill If­frig, a re­tired builder from Wash­ing­ton state, who was 5 yards from the fin­ish line when the blast knocked him to the pave­ment. A marathon of­fi­cial help him to his feet, and If­frig, de­ter­mined not to give up, fin­ished the race.

For the sense of pur­pose and shared as­pi­ra­tions we can be thank­ful, be­cause it’s a pic­ture that makes most of us work harder to heal our lit­tle cor­ner of the world – wher­ever that cor­ner hap­pens to be at the mo­ment. That’s why I be­lieve travel is such an im­por­tant part of life. Through it we can share our ex­pe­ri­ences and our world­views across bor­ders and time zones, and in so do­ing, maybe take some of the sting out of the tragic events that seem to come at us from all sides.

The task of pub­lish­ing a monthly mag­a­zine has a rhythm to it – days of rou­tine sep­a­rated by hours of in­tense ac­tiv­ity – catch­ing flights, meet­ing dead­lines, at­tend­ing events, en­gag­ing, re­lat­ing, con­nect­ing. It’s easy to for­get in the midst of that cy­cle that there is a Story be­hind the sto­ries that sur­rounds all my trav­els.

Thus it al­ways comes as some­thing of a sur­prise to me to find that you, gen­tle read­ers, are part of that larger Story too, and that you find the work that gets done dur­ing the days of rou­tine is some­how en­ter­tain­ing or even in­spir­ing. So I take gen­uine de­light when the oc­ca­sional e-mail pops up in my in­box with notes re­spond­ing to the thoughts in th­ese pages.

Doc­u­men­tary pro­ducer, world trav­eler and some­timescon­trib­u­tor to Busi­ness Trav­eler Bill Ki­zorek dropped a line to thank me for col­umns that are“re­flec­tive and im­pact­ful.”He said he thinks of me as“the philoso­pher of mod­ern day busi­ness travel.” High praise, in­deed. Thanks, Bill.

Keith Ol­son of Pa­cific Pal­isades, CA, read the story of my first air­line flight (Talk­ing Point, April 2013) and it led him to re­call his own first time aboard an air­liner, also an Ozark plane. He goes on to rem­i­nisce about other no­table names in fly­ing. He writes: “Bran­iff - re­mem­ber their var­i­ous color schemes? Laker Air­ways - ah, the in­ter­est­ing Fred­die Laker. Jet Amer­ica - the per­fect air­line if you needed to travel only from Long Beach, CA to Day­ton, OH. Trump Shut­tle - he sold it be­fore he could fire it. South­ern - things move slow down south and the few times I flew on this air­line, we got there when we got there. They’d al­most shrug,“What’s the rush?” Peo­ple Ex­press - from what I heard, “ex­press”was a mis­nomer.” Fun stuff. Thanks, Keith, for jog­ging our mem­o­ries. Of course, some­times the e-mails we get sim­ply point out er­rors and omis­sions. We work hard to keep those to a min­i­mum, but when you find some­thing, don’t hes­i­tate to hold us to a higher stan­dard. Com­mu­ni­cate with us, and we re­ally will try to re­spond as quickly as we can.

But the real joy is just get­ting to talk with fel­low trav­el­ers about where we’ve been, how we got there and where we’re go­ing next; that of­ten is re­ward enough. So I look for­ward to your e-mails. Let’s start a con­ver­sa­tion at edi­to­rial@busi­nesstrav­elerusa.com.

In the mean­time, our thoughts and prayers go out to the vic­tims of the bomb­ing in Bos­ton. And as you travel, re­mem­ber al­ways that your jour­ney may be the means to over­com­ing tragedy and fear. Wher­ever you go, treat it as an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate un­der­stand­ing, affin­ity, heal­ing. BT

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