By: Adrian Pantonial
1. Meeting new people and going to places always bring more surprises. This year I’ve picked up more insights and gained new friends with the activities I got involved with. I’ll do my best to travel and relate with people more next year and in years to come.
2. Writing and taking photos make me feel more blessed. Both hobbies help me keep track of the many blessings I ought to thank God for this year. Rather than focusing on the things I don’t have, counting my blessings makes me feel a lot better.
3. Practice wisdom and restraint when going online because it can be addicting, distracting and destructive. Virtually, the internet takes us to many places, lets us interact with people, helps us learn new things but getting addicted to it and not properly using it may also wreck havoc to our health, lifestyle and even relationships.
4. ATTITUDE = ALTITUDE. How far I go in life can be determined by how I respond to the challenges and failures I encounter along the way. No matter how many times I stumble or fall, if I keep rising up (and sometimes with the help of others), I will arrive in my destination.
5. Doing will take me far than just dreaming. “What is the best use of my time right now?” is a good question to ask myself to keep me action-oriented. But when I do get tired, I will rest and just enjoy the journey towards success.
6. Reinventing myself can be awesome! Technologies, things, people, place, systems and situations change. If I don’t adapt and become flexible with change, I can either be left behind or become extinct. Taking up a new hobby while refining my field of expertise is exciting.
7. Always be generous with praise and careful with criticism. I know how bad it feels to be criticized and how long it sometimes takes to fully recover so I choose my words well because the tongue has the power of life and death. People always want to feel appreciated and significant.
8. Knowledge without its application is useless. Same goes with my faith. It will only be beneficial for me and others as I apply good and godly principles in daily living. I love being a life-long learner and seeing how my perpetual growth helps others gives me great fulfillment.
9. God gives us joy when we live our life as a gift to Him. Happiness does not only come in possessing things. It comes in making the most of what you have while joy, despite of unwanted circumstances, comes from growing our relationship with God.
10. Our family is a real treasure we must keep for life. In these hard and changing times, keeping our family whole and staying in touch with each other can become a challenge. Towards the end of our life, those dear to us will be the ones we would like to spend our last days with so let’s enjoy every possible moment with them now. Serving for the success of my family is a high priority for me.