It’s Up to All of Us
By Gloria Hanson, Senior Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web.
November and December tend to represent for many a time to give thanks and to celebrate varied religious and cultural rituals. However, for me, it is not only a time of celebration, but also a time of reflection.
I began to think about how much I as an individual and we as a company offer up ourselves for the good of others. I thought about some of my colleagues who do great work outside of The Cruise Web. Colleagues who give up a few weekends a year to serve our country, those who spend nights at local firehouses doubling as volunteer EMTs, those who take time after work to coach our children, feed the hungry and care for older citizens.
I also thought about the good works our Cruise Partners do to demonstrate that they also care about the good of their customers on a social level. We all know that a big source of revenue for the cruise lines is the selling of alcoholic beverages on board their ships. However, did you know that the nearly every cruise line also offers daily AA meetings for those who may require added support during their cruise vacation?
Were you aware that one of the largest cruise conglomerates has annual functions to support several charities and that the money raised stays right in the community that raises the funds?
The cruise community is also very conscious about some of the major health issues that plague our nation: obesity, heart issues and diabetes to name a few. On any given cruise, you can find daily morning walks and free exercise regiments. They offer fat free, gluten free and sugar free items on all of the menus as well. As for environmental awareness, all of the major lines are dedicated to protecting the seas and the marine life living there.
Last month while on a cruise, I was moved beyond words when during dinner a special announcement was made and the entire dining room rose to give a standing ovation to our dedicated service men and women who have served and are currently serving our country – you see it was November 11, Veterans Day. I thought it was so great that the cruise line would take that time to recognize them.
I know that during these tough economic times, we sometimes become selfish and self-centered. We worry about how we are going to make it. Despite the things that we may be going through, there is usually someone else that is worse off. Therefore, I challenge each and every one of you to get outside of yourself. Individuals, businesses (large and small) and corporations: look around your community and see what you can do to make things just a little bit better for someone else.
We all live on this planet and are all connected and I for one feel we all have a moral and social responsibility for the well being of each other.