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.