Oopa!, contrary to first impressions in the South East Asian region, is derived from Greek roots. The original word, “OPA”, is heard often in the celebration of life. Most likely, you would have heard the word at a Greek restaurant when someone breaks a plate (intentional or not), or at a greek festival or wedding when people are dancing.
2 sides of OPA!
From its ancient roots, the Greek word “OPA!” can be viewed as two sides of the same coin: One side (ΌΠΑ) refers to the uplifting, inspiring, enthusiastic expression that is often heard during some kind of celebration (a manifestation of “kefi” or spirit).
The other (ΏΠΑ) refers very seriously to the human need to be aware of the extrinsic and intrinsic ‘dangers’ in one’s path, life’s potential, and the unlimited opportunities and possibilities that life brings.
Like the yin and yang in Chinese Taoism and philosophy, both sides of the Greek concept of OPA! are interdependent and are needed to achieve our highest potential.
And in the anglicised version of the word, and building on the words of Dr. Alex Pattakos and Elain Dundon, our philosophy towards all our programs build towards
awareness of Oneself
awareness of Others,
clarity on one’s Purpose (in one’s organisation, in life, the organisation’s purpose),
Attitude towards leadership, skills and relationships in our lives.
Pattakos, Alex (Dr.) (2013 May 5) Everybody Say ‘OPA!’.