Last weekend and the upcoming 8 weekends, I will be participating in Project 50. Project 50 is a request from out government to Soka Gakkai Malaysia to perform a group formation and gymnastic in the upcoming national milestone, the 50th Merdeka Day this Aug 31. Soka Gakkai Malaysia is recruiting 1,400 young men and women for this event. There are 2 practices each week on Saturday (4pm-9pm) and Sunday (8am-4pm), in open field, under the sun. It will be physically tough. It will be difficult. It is going to be a huge challenge to each participant.
People who have participated in events like this have shared their testimony. It turns out that the physical challenge plays only a minor part. Participating in activities in a social environment creates opportunity for people to overcome their own personal challenges: it is the process during these two months that is challenging - some have to challenge their work, health, financial, family and time (some members travel from as far as Ijok, Batang Berjuntai, Klang and need to stay overnight at the center on Saturday).
It is an opportunity for us to challenge our own weaknesses, our own karma. During SUKOM (the 1998 Commonwealth Games which Malaysia was the host) and Citrawarna performances, many have shared their experiences on how they have persevered and triumphed. They are the true victors in life. They demonstrated the courage and wisdom to triumph over all difficulties in order to gain TOTAL VICTORY in our human revolution, daily life, work and kosen rufu.
I have my own personal challenge to overcome. When I was asked to participate, I had a lot of negative thoughts: I am anti-social; so I should not be participating; I will sweat like a pig in this heat. I am too old for this.
When I told my friends, Monica, a long time friend, fell on the floor laughing, saying that it is ironic that the king of anti-social would be participating in an event like this. Participating in Project 50 is the first small step, a minor victory for myself - I can now show to Monica I am taking a first step in changing.
My sister was surprised, asking me: "aren't you afraid of the sun? I cannot imagine you doing this."
People are noticing a small change in me. A change where I am trying hard to mix with people; to challenge against my lack of lifeforce and energy (you know I always have this "I am so tired I need to sleep") and of course, my other major challenge - the heat that my body can't seemed to take on anymore.
I will be victorious!
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