Dear Colleagues and Friends,
What a year we have experienced as the industry that we support has continued to bounce back from one of the most devastating periods in its history.
Here in Melbourne flights are full both domestically and internationally and there is a crazy buzz around the place.
One of the things I have been trying to practise in amongst this craziness is finding a few moments several times through the day just to pause, contemplate and listen. To still my spirit from all of the rush, noise and often confusion people have as they move around the airport.
As we celebrate Christmas, especially in the West, it can be a crazy, busy, noisy time as we fit in all of the celebrations, the festivities, parties, church services, money raising and giving a helping hand to those who will be doing it tough, that we find it hard to stop, to be still, to contemplate.
We also want to recognise that our Jewish brothers and sisters are also celebrating their Hannukka and I pray that you also find the time to stop to enjoy family and if it is your tradition to enjoy the food cooked in oil.
I was reminded recently when talking with a person who is a respected Sociocultural anthropologists in Australia that one of the things that seems to have disappeared over the past 30 years but seems to have accelerated through COVID has been humans being kind to each other. We see a bigger minority especially at our airport of people who are angry, frustrated and become aggressive to staff and those around them.
I encourage each of you to be human this festive season and find ways to be kind to those you encounter. It can be costly but it is worth the price.
Bless you all