As a result of the extraordinary air travel restrictions due to the spreading cloud of volcanic ash from the eruption in Iceland, New World Library’s Associate Publisher, Munro Magruder, and I were unable to make it to the London Book Fair this year. We officially pulled the plug on our plans last Friday after our evening flight was cancelled and all direct flights from San Francisco to London were showing zero availability for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
The London Book Fair is always one of the highlights of the year for me. It’s an opportunity to get together with old friends and publishing colleagues from around the world to catch up and engage in an exchange of ideas. I have truly missed seeing everyone this time around.
While it’s unfortunate that I won’t be able to visit with friends and colleagues in London, this has also been a good opportunity to remind myself how inconsequential we are in the grand scheme of things and how little control we really have over our lives. It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in our daily routines and rely on modern conveniences, such as air travel, to be there whenever we need them.
And it isn’t until Mother Nature unleashes her power that I remember my place; the world does not revolve solely around humans. Instead, we are just one piece in this beautiful equation that must work in balance and harmony with all things. When Mother Nature speaks, we have no choice but to listen and allow her to take her course. For that, I am humbled and thankful.
“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”
— Michel de Montaigne
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