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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:50

What Am I Doing For Others?

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You can’t walk through the streets of Boston and Plymouth without being caught up in the history that defines those cities. Everything started there. Plymouth Rock symbolizes a group of people who were willing to leave everything behind in pursuit of religious freedom for their families and those that would follow. Plimoth Plantation brings to life the reality of not only the sacrifices the first Pilgrims made, but also the others first mentality of that colony and of the Wampanoag people. If that tribe or those families put themselves above their neighbors, the Plymouth Colony would have surely failed.


Fast-forward 150 years and place yourself in Boston. There, a group of Patriots were willing to risk their lives to preserve freedom for their families and fellow countrymen. The simple act of throwing tea into the harbor set off a chain of events that would lead to a war and eventually the birth of our nation. Chills traveled up my spine as I walked the Freedom Trail past Paul Revere’s House to the Old North Church. Our forefathers that walked those same streets volunteered to stand up to the greatest empire and strongest military of that time.  Women and children said goodbye to husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers knowing they were needed for the cause. 

As I visited those sites important to our history, I was convicted and frustrated. I started thinking how we have become a “me first” country of entitlement.  Thoughts of how those that sacrificed so much and worked so hard to build a nation would be disappointed in what it has now become. Life’s persistent question was ringing through my mind: “What am I doing for others?”

The Tourism Cares event that followed was refreshing and restored some confidence in today’s fellow countrymen. More than 275 volunteers from twenty-one states gathered at Plimoth Plantation to help a partner in the industry. I was encouraged to see the number of people in the tourism industry willing to give up a few days out of their week to roll up their sleeves and help complete projects the Plimoth Plantation team couldn’t manage on their own. In all, more than 1,900 hours of labor was donated which amounts to $160,000. Being a part of this group, and seeing all we were able to get done is what makes Tourism Cares a great experience. It is interesting how much fun work can be when you put others first and offer a helping hand. If you have never had the opportunity to participate in a Tourism Cares event, make this event a priority as you plan out your 2014. I have never met a person that regretted taking time to help another person, and I promise you will not regret being a part of Tourism Cares in 2014. If you do not think you have a skill or talent that can be used...Tourism Cares will use your lack of talent and skill. All I have to offer is the fact I am tall. I was given a roller, some paint, and painted the tops of the light polls. Value isn’t measured by talent or skill at an event like this, but by time and willingness to help.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said; “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.”  So as you fill your calendar and go through your daily routine, look for an opportunity to be great.     

Written by: Tim Compton, Account Executive for Groups Today and Teach & Travel Magazines. Learn more about Tim by visiting

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