# Elements of the Olympic Games

The first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) officially opened yesterday (14 Aug 2010) in Singapore, just five days after the nation celebrated its 45th Birthday. It was a week of celebrations for many of us here in Singapore, with dazzling display of parades and fireworks.

The symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, coloured blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white background.

In case you are not observant, the colour of the five rings of the Olympic symbol coincides with the colour of the Five Elements. Although the brown colour is usually associated with the Earth element, the yellow colour is used as a substitute when there is a need to use primary colours or for single colour reproduction.

Hence, we can associate the Water, Earth, Metal, Wood, and Fire elements to the blue, yellow, black, green, and red colours of the Olympic rings.

As the energies of the elements are present, it doesn’t necessary have to be in the right sequence (like Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal in the Productive Cycle of the Five Elements). The interlocking of the rings could imply teamwork and vibrancy of the five elements, with its energies constantly in motion.

Coincidentally, the more informal but well-known motto of the Olympic is “The most important thing is not to win but to take part!” When we use the Five Elements to harmonise the energies, “the most important thing is not the order of the elements but its presence.” When all elements are present, the energies are in harmony. For the games, it’s about teamwork, competition, and fair play.

“Oh Gosh, how come I didn’t think of that!,” some of you may say.

When we become more observant, we change our focus of attention. And when we change our focus of attention, we begin to observe from different angles with our intuitive mind setting in.

Did you notice anything else about yesterday (14 Aug 2010)?

For those familiar with the basic PON method, try plotting the day chart. You would notice the 1-2-3 present at the end. The 1-2-3 is akin to the “three-command start” signal of a race – “On the Mark, Get Set, Go!”. The resultant number of the 1-2-3 number combination is 6 (1+2+3=6) which is Metal and money. This could imply medals and rewards for the winners!

Does the 4-3-7 (resulting in 1-2-3) means anything to you?

Coincidence, isn’t it? Or is it just another one of my intuitive creation?

Now the Youth Olympic Games 2010 has started, the world is watching closely on the games. It doesn’t matter who the winner is. Every one of the 3,400 teenage athletes from 204 nations and territories is already a champion when they take part in the first Youth Olympic Games here in Singapore.

And to all participants “in the spirit of true sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of your teams”do your best and do your country proud. You are already an Olympian!

Regards, Ron

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