The British summer finally arrived and London is busy and colourful.
The Olympics are very visible – they are everywhere. The more I am thinking about this, the more I admire its details.
It is a time when 203 countries come together, represented by more than 10,000 athletes, and forget their differences.
To me, this year’s Olympics says a lot about our oneness or may be I am feeling this more.
Firstly, the Olympic Park and the infrastructure improvements took place in East of London – a relatively deprived area of London. Despite some challenges, people are happy about this.
Secondly, the opening ceremony is directed by Danny Boyle, the director of the well known film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ about slums dwellers. We are expecting that the opening will have a core message on oneness – our diverse unity.
Many organisations are supporting Olympics, but what is more inspiring is this feeling that in London that ‘we need to make it a success’. We are the host. I was in London yesterday and this feeling is everywhere and in everyone. An amazing number of volunteers, 70, 000 are giving their time for these games. The actual applications may be five times more than this. You could estimate the financial, love and happiness values of their times.
Working in international development, we positively feel the message of Olympics more deeply. The message of our oneness, the importance of our love, the value of our respect to each other. The importance of thinking beyond ourselves – the 70,000 volunteers. This is about together make it happen. I always wish that all these values could be replicated and used for our efforts to reduce global poverty. Wishing all the best to the 2012 Olympics and to those who regularly work on the values of unity and oneness. In this one world.