Journey 212: The Way of the Omoiyarist

Just over the weekend, I was able to be part of the Mindanao roll-out of the JCI Omoiyari, a training course designed by JCI Japan which helps foster mutual understanding, mutual respect and benevolence as a way to obtain world peace and much more, regain for ourselves our most coveted inner peace.

One thing I have learned from the Omoiyari training is in the way we look at life and how we respond to it. One way, we have so many problems, challenges and trials but these do not stop us from desiring for a better place to live where mutual understanding, giving in for others, inspiring others and much more, living for others are the norms. We wanted to envision a society where positive change happen because we have mutual respect for our own diversity and our own uniqueness completes the world we live in. We aspire for a better world where men and women get out of their way to show compassion and feel us and our pains, gain nothing but friendships based on trust and mutual respect.

It is through the way of the Omaiyarist that the world we create for ourselves will be changed dramatically. Ours is a world where turmoil, wars, pestilence, hunger, and poverty is very much a fact and a way of life. We have seen the horrors of misunderstanding which led to world wars and we have seen how children, young people, men and women died needlessly because of the “wrong and myopic” perspective of the world outside our own realms. When we failed to look the other person with much the way we wanted ourselves seen, then mistrust, misguided decisions and gossips ensue thus making our relationships soured and battered. But when we start to trust the people around us, fostering care, generosity of spirit, then we slowly make a world where peace and stability reigns.

The omoiyari training I took gained for me a new paradign shift to where I had been in the past and where I wanted to see myself in the coming years. I wanted to be part of the solution and never was and never will be, the part of the irritants or problems where we are. When we started to appreciate peace in our context-definition and embracing others for us to better define peace with the eyes and hearts of others in our eyes and heart, then we think as one, act as one and move as one.

Truly, the way of the OMOIYARI fosters better understanding beyond ourselves and far extends to those whose lives we have touched to make a better world where mutual understanding, mutual respect and benevolence are virtues openly espoused by men and women from all walks of life.

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2 thoughts on “Journey 212: The Way of the Omoiyarist

  1. rocheflume

    I am really grateful that i took time to really attend the Omoiyari Training! I learned a lot. Though I know and I believe that i live by those principles of the OMOIYARI most of the time cause I always believe that goodness begets goodness, respect begets respect, love begets love.

    That’s the reason why i love this quote from Mother Theresa:

    “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
    If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
    If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
    For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
    — Mother Teresa

    It was so great of knowing you more yesterday, ATD! I like your blogs as well. You’re indeed an OMOIYARIST! May you be an inspiration to everyone around you..:-)

    Make everyday count!


    • I am so honored to have been trained with you Roche. It’s a journey I will take forever with friends like you. Yes, we need it to make a difference in the lives of others. We need it to make this world a better place to live in.

      Thank you so very much for appreciating my blog and the thoughts I wrote in it. It is one of the vehicle, I believed, I can always do, to make a difference in other people’s lives. It is a journey I took with friends like you and families too.

      Again, thank you. we will see each other again in the future and God bless you always.

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