How is it possible to focus on something good even in turbulent times? Through a small but fine change of perspective. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are expecting a helicopter around 11:00 p.m. due to a medical emergency…” At 45 knots (approx. 83 km/h) in high seas, this is a very dangerous undertaking. The captain’s announcement immediately silences the lively conversations in the restaurant.

Turbuent times often bring special challenges.

What can be observed is that each table feels immersed in a small form of humility. Humility for the fact that none of the guests in the restaurant need this helicopter and we are all more than fine. At this point, nobody really cares about the soup that might be lukewarm or the wine that might be a little too cold. It is now about something completely different that is far greater than the complaints about absolute trifles. 

How often do we grumble and whine about this and that in everyday life? We just don’t realize what a gift we have. The Gift of health. The gift of security. The gift of laughter. The gift of opportunity.

While many guests find a seat in the bars, at the same time both the great ship’s crew and the helicopter crew are working with full concentration, risking their own lives to bring a person from our ranks in need ashore as quickly as possible. At the same time, I’m standing on the “Schaubühne”, inspiring the crew and having a slide behind me. Its content I would like to share with you as it goes very well with my message today:

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard before you decide to be happy.”

For my part, I am once again very grateful to have woken up healthy today and with a smile on my face.