Looking Back at 2005 – Secretariat Party

Today we had a really great gathering of all the different people who work here in the “non-profit” organizations/departments here in our community. This was a little surprise “party” for us all. We gathered, had some yummy snacks, and then sat on the floor in a circle together.

Over the past year we have been working on unifying ourselves and our missions. Trying to move from “My department/mission” to “our mission” and working together. As you can see in the below pictures there are quite a few people who work in many different areas to serve communities all around the world. I counted about 50 people. One interesting thing I noted was that probably 2/3 of the people are the “younger generation” which was refreshing to see the youth starting to assume more positions and roles in our organizations.

We spent a few minutes meditating/chanting and then we looked back at this year; shared some of our accomplishments. Then we went into fun interactive activities. One of the fun things we did to appreciate everyone was to stick a big piece of paper on everyone’s back. Then, we were set loose (with fun music playing in the background) to write a word or a few words on people’s back of what you appreciate about that person. So here everyone was running around trying to write on people’s back as fast as they could. It was a lot of fun. A good activity to try! You can see what people wrote on my paper below. We also were instructed to visually draw what changes we see from this years work (also shown below). One of the final activities was to set our intentions for this next year with a few words. This was written on a card and shared with everyone; then placed in a box which will be our collective prayers. You had to be there….to get the feeling. It was really great to be with everyone and share this way.

At the end everyone was given gift bags, with all kinds of goodies and a certificate of appreciation. The lottery here is currently at around $100,000,000 so they gave us all a lottery ticket (for fun). Let’s see if anyone wins. Hahaha….

At the last minute when we were taking a group picture they told us the rest of the day was being given as paid time off to have fun. A bunch of us decided to go see the new movie “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which just came out today in theaters. I ended up picking up Narayan from school early and we all went to the movies. It was a fun day…and I’m ready for more this weekend.

Ps. If any of the people that organized this cozy get together read this. Thank you! It was great.