With joyful hearts we all win
“Mitko, I did not know you have it in you!”. What my coworker meant was the ability to dance joyfully, just as the Indians, Carribeans, Latin Americans and anyone who participated in the International Day at work today. I told her “We all have it within us, we just need a chance to share it”. And we do!
I supplicate that you may become as new beings, illumined with the Divine Light, like unto shining lamps, and that from one end of Europe to the other the knowledge of the Love of God may spread.
May this boundless love so fill your hearts and minds that sadness may find no room to enter and may you with joyful hearts soar like birds into the Divine Radiance.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 95)
What a joy today was. Certainly the best International Day at the office so far, even though the previous two were not bad at all. The food was great and as diverse as last year but the desire of so many people to jump into an improvised dance was the biggest and most pleasant surprise. The voting results of which continent wins will be announced tomorrow and I do hope that the European team will be remembers for the live gaida playing of my coworker Varol, but truly, who cares who wins? We all win.
That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this?… Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come…
(Baha’u’llah, The Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, p. viii)
The idea to outdance the others came in a very improvised fashion — Varol started playing and I started dancing. Then the Indians did some of their dancing, later the Africans, later the Caribbeans. The best was when I decided to lead a horo and within seconds there were coworkers from Albania, Ethiopia, and Commoros join the Bulgarians‘ dance! God truly created us to be one human family!
God has created the world as one — the boundaries are marked out by man. God has not divided the lands, but each man has his house and meadow; horses and dogs do not divide the fields into parts. That is why Bahá’u’lláh says: “Let not a man glory in that he loves his country, but that he loves his kind.” All are of one family, one race; all are human beings. Differences as to the partition of lands should not be the cause of separation among the people.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 55)