Most New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, saving money, eating healthier and travelling. But Rev. Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Public Affairs Committee, wants something not typical, and that is for us, Filipinos, to be more socially aware and optimistic this 2018.
Philippines faces a lot of issues, but for some reasons, we sometimes tend not to care. If we start this year by being socially aware, then we will eventually be able to react to different social situations and effectively modify our interactions with other people. This actually helps us improve our social skills.
Moreover, Father Secillano hopes for us to have an optimistic outlook in life. Well, for me, this lets a person gain confidence as it brings positive change to one’s mind. And I believe that optimism, as well, is a key to success. While some people are naturally more optimistic and confident than others, you can also learn to be more positive. One thing you can practice is to always prepare yourself for the possibility of failure when trying something new and plan on trying and trying again until you succeed.
So whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, it’s better to always include the attitude of being socially aware and optimistic.