Mr. Saeed Al Muntafiq
Launching this exciting initiative, our first ambassador is Saeed Al Muntafiq of UAE. Saeed is a versatile senior executive with vast experience in the international arena, a career traversing diverse industries, and a proven track record in delivering seemingly impossible results. His career undoubtedly reflects achievements in firmly situating the United Arab Emirates on the global map with a strong focus on Dubai.
Executive Chairman, co-founder and advisory for many businesses and mentor for numerous colleagues today, Saeed, like many high level executives, found himself exceedingly busy, stressed and in dire need of a break.
Then he came to Fivelements.
“I came because I wanted a few massages, good service and a quiet place where I could think and learn,” he says. “What I found was you - The Change Angels.”
In the middle of his two-week Tri Kara Parisudha detox retreat, Saeed turned on his laptop to find a virus deleting two years of hard work, photos and memories in front of his eyes. No back up. His mind instinctively rushed through a list of resources and options that might help him salvage his files. “But then, three or four minutes after the 'disaster', something interesting happened,” he recalls. “I realised I wasn't angry, upset or sad. I suddenly stopped thinking about contingency plans, which calmed me even further. Then it hit me – so what? It's not the end of the world. I'm still here, still have my health, my family are all well, my friends are fine – it's just a laptop.”
Rather than seeing this as a disaster, as his instincts dictated, he unlearned his usual personal mindset. “It was a core lesson for every aspect of my life – the way I treat people, my eating habits, my demeanor, the way I walk or even breathe,” he says. “Today, I am a much happier man.”
“We all need a reboot in our mindsets, attitudes and approaches from time to time,” he adds. “When your computer crashes into the future, whether it's your machine or mental software, don't consider it a crisis, but an opportunity to think in new, inspiring ways and hone down to what's really important. I look forward to the next time my files get erased.”
Seven days later he left Fivelements a new person, writing the following letter with thanks:
“Dear Change Angels,
I wanted to send you a small note to say thank you. God has given me the opportunity to experience many deep failures and huge success. Through them all I have realised to never stop learning. Never stop trying to be a better human being. That is what brought me to Fivelements. I came ‘cause I wanted a few massages, good service and a quiet place where I could think and learn. What I found was you. The Change Angels.
I leave your paradise a changed and a better human being. I leave now to become, with humility, an Ambassador of yours.
I leave to start my new journey equipped with the knowledge you have so generously passed to me. Your attention to me, the caring I have seen in the way you have interacted with me and your acceptance to bring me in as one of yours on the first day of my arrival, is a story I will tell my grand children, God willing.
I say thank you for changing my life, My Change Angels.”
Mr. Saeed Al Muntafiq (Dubai)
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