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Travel, Risk and Reward

The volcanic ash spewing from an Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajokull ) has caused disruption on a scale that is hard to fathom. I have a number of thoughts on this subject ...

1. Business Travel. I have written before about the "joys" of business travel, and how hard it is on the person travelling, their wardrobe, their wallet, their family and their social life. In my wildest dreams I couldn't have forecast a situation where most of Europe could not be serviced by air ... I couldn't imagine being stuck across an ocean with no idea how long it might last. Sure it might be close to done ... but it could also get worse!

2. Business Risk. It is said that the airlines are losing $200 million a day! How can any organization absorb that kind of cost? Are we seeing more bailouts in our future? How do the countries just recovering from a major recession afford to bail this industry out?

3. Personal hit. I was planning to be in the UK for a quick visit to see my family ... my flight has been cancelled and the window of opportunity has gone. There are some things in life that just can't be controlled!

What is that saying ... "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer.