Saturday, October 25, 2008

Have A Meaningful Deepavali

“A few heart-whole, sincere and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mop in a century”
Swami Vivekananda

This year my organization featured Swami Vivekananda for our Deepavali advertisement. The topic is about bonding. It is a relevant topic today as our nation is moving apart in race relations; something we must arrest, repair and make good.

I wrote the Team Bonding Workshop (of which this advert was based on) some year’s ago with the goal of answering these questions,

- How to get people to feel like they know each other since childhood?
- How to unite their hearts and minds?
- How to make them understand and accept each other better?
- How to make them appreciate each other’s uniqueness and make their
complimentary skills work for the organization?
- How to help them reflect and take stock of the past and present and move
forward positively into the future?

It was a way of bringing our vision of Unity into reality, a class at a time.

Many of our clients could see how the program makes sense in making their people work better together. In the program we featured many sharing sessions and one of the highlights is a shared prayer session – a getting to know session explaining what each of us pray for during our daily prayers. It was no doubt an eye opener to most participants as we Malaysians understanding of each others traditions are almost at zero.

Now, how to bring this program to the nation?

Have a meaningful Deepavali

Anas Zubedy

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