Awhile ago, we helped conduct the YFC Sports Festival at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament near Mindanao Avenue and Quirino Highway. The activity started and ended in prayer through song worship.
And boy, it has been a long time since I’ve been part of a song worship.
Then it occurred to me: what if spirituality became an integral part of any organization? Is it not a wonderful and satisfying feeling to offer activities to a Higher Being through glorifying songs of worship and exultation?
Is it not great, even if one considers himself an atheist, to offer actions and activities in the name and pursuit of Common Good?
I believe that if activities and programs would be seen more than just activities, if they would be seen as offerings for a Higher Purpose, then ethics will follow. The great thing about spiritual organizations is that all of their functions have an innate greater intent – to celebrate God or whatever ones consider as the Higher Being.
As Peter Drucker mentioned, businesses can learn from nonprofits. And I’d like to add that businesses can learn from spiritual organizations as well.
Above the profit motive and all the financials, we humans, whatever religions or faith we believe in, have greater purpose. We are not here just to survive, but rather, fulfill our greater destiny.
It’s amazing how my part-time internship in the foundation, the shared learning in COSORES, and my continuous search for engaging in businesses with higher purpose converges in this one thought: spirituality.
Business gurus such as Philip Kotler has recognized how the market is shifting towards spirit-driven consumption. Visser has contended how CSR must now focus on sustainability as well. We are living in times where finally, businesses and organizations touted with brutal efficiency are now being imbued with the needs of the spirit to achieve higher purpose.
Truly, exciting times.