The season’s resolutions

THESE days, Holy Week means different things to different people. For many it’s a time for abstinence and fasting, while for others it’s a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis or the trappings of modern living. Either way, the next few days offer an oppurtunity for clear reflection, perhaps to make a pledge for self-renewal. It’s also a good time to review the resolutions you’ve made at the start of the year, to check out how you’re faring, and perhaps make a few revisions. Here are a few “Lenten resolutions” worth pondering over:

Illustration by Geraldine Sypiecco
Illustration by Geraldine Sypiecco

Forgive, but don’t forget

No one is immune from being at the receiving end of wrongdoing, and if you’re the type who bears grudges, think hard if bearing all that anger is worth it. Forgiving can ease the pain, but just don’t forget the harm that has been done — being cautious will keep you from becoming a victim the second time around.

Start investing

Stop wasting your money on things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like. That’s a modern day proverb that many choose to ignore. Invest so your hard-earned money will grow, ready to be reaped when you need it most. Just do your research and exercise caution.

Take and do everything in moderation

This holds true with food, alcohol, exercise, and travel, among many others. Living a life of excess just because you’re young is no excuse. Eat but don’t be a glutton. Drink but don’t get wasted. Exercise but don’t get overfatigued. Travel but don’t neglect your job. If you do, you’ll pay for it much sooner than you think.

Fewer selfies, more posts of substance

Selfies are annoying, and posting nothing else but food and stuff sends the wrong signals (like you only think about food and stuff, and nothing else). So what should you post? The next item can give you ideas…

Learn phoneography

Phoneography is simply photography using your smartphone, which carries camera technology that churns out decent pics. To learn phoneography, of course, is to learn the basics of photography, in particular how to compose a good picture. Phoneography — Google it now.

Travel at least twice a year

As said earlier, travel moderately, to recharge and to experience something new. And two is a good number when it comes to travel. That means try not to travel alone, preferably as a duo or in a compact group of close pals. You’re born alone and you die alone — should you travel alone as well? (Freon L. Ollival)

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