My EO journey started in June 2012 when I joined EO New Delhi as an Admin. This was the first of its kind job for me, so I didn’t know what to expect from it. What came my way seemed normal until our last EO event – “Walk on fire with Helene Liu”.
I had attended the same event before organized by another ‘O’ organisation, and was the first time I attended an event outside of EO. To put it simply, it was nothing like our event… there was this DEAD silence at this event, no networking, no interaction, and very unlike our own EO event, only 35 people attended. It made me realise how engaged and integrated our members are – they get so involved, cannot stop asking questions and adding value in their own way to the events – which essentially happened at the Walk on fire event too!
At the EO Walk on Fire, the event started with Walking on broken glass. As soon as Helene was done showing the demo, there was a rush of volunteers to walk, it was difficult to stop the members and their families (including small kids) to walk on glass. Helene said later that evening, “this group is so energetic and fearless, I’ve not seen a group like this in a long time”. The Glass walk went on for about 30 minutes and we then moved towards FIRE, the main event of the evening.
Helene gave a little brief on the “Dos and Donts” and then walked on fire herself. Before she could even turn around and say something, one of our tenured members, Rajiv Bajaj and his son walked one after another BOLDLY GO’ing. I was shocked, I think so was Helene – they showed no fear!
In my journey of 17 months with EO I’ve seen and organized many events and some really brilliant ones, that scored more than 9 ratings but what I saw and experienced on 17th November was nothing compared to anything that I had experienced before. The Family bonding across the entire chapter!! The scene of a daughter/son and father walking together on fire was too emotional and priceless not only for them but also for people watching. Forum bonding! ID Musafir’s forum walked together. I didn’t get a chance to ask them about their experience but the enthusiasm said it all. This was nothing like that we’ve ever done before… it was exceptional!! We MADE A MARK!
The event went on.. one after another there were lot of amazing moments, fathers walking hand in hand with their young daughters, forums walking together, couples walking together.. by the way all of them are walking on FIRE, but the ease and calm they did it with did not reflect it was such a daunting task. And then came my turn, I was so scared.. I went in front to start and then backed off a couple of times and then Akash Khanna (another EO New Delhi member) came forward, took off his shoes, held my hand and said “I’ll walk with you, just look straight and walk”. Thank you Akash, I owe you for this one. Just when I thought this was over, Helene came running to me and said “Amarjeet, you have to walk with me”. And I walked on that fire again with Helene!
This is what EO gave me and all those who attended a “Once in a lifetime experience”. I will not forget this event till my last breath and am sure a lot of you fell the same!
EO New Delhi