Before we can look forward to what 2018 has in store for us, we must first look back at what 2017 has taught us. We are the sum total of all the lessons and the memories. So, I cornered some celebs to share with us what they learned in the past year.
May we always see fireworks in everything we do, long after the new year is over.
Never lose hope. In the first quarter of 2017, I was getting depressed because nothing was going right. I kept praying that finally my time would come again. I learned to be patient with God’s promise that He would never leave me empty, and all was right after that stage. I was blessed with a show, “Wildflower,” and some awards. The power of prayer never fails.
I learned that, as parents, no matter how hard we try, we will fail to understand our children at some point. Needless to say, they would also fail to understand us. I learned to trust my children more. Give them their wings, so they can be the person God had intended them to be. We must trust that we have given them the proper tools to deal with life, and that we have instilled in them the faith in their real Father in heaven.
In my career, I have learned that God still has greater plans for me and my dear wife. As we get older, the plans get bigger.
Last year was pretty rough for me. In terms of work, I learned that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself and not rely too much on others.
With health, it is important to spend quality time with yourself. Learn to slow down and say “no” when you feel overworked. And, in relationships, when sometimes it is good to do things for others, we also shouldn’t forget to prioritize ourselves.
You know those funny memes/videos we love to share online? I made it a point to recreate one before the year ended. I wanted to … roll like a panda. Pandas just roll and roll, and it looks fun. I finally achieved it in New Zealand when Anne (Curtis) and Erwan (Heussaff) had a beautiful picnic.
The kids were doing it, but I only tried it by the end of the afternoon. Kids know what to do to have the most fun. The next day, I just followed the kids around, since they seemed to have life figured out in the fun department.
Focus on the unique strengths and purpose God gave me. Instead of comparing in a social media-heavy world, this focus gives inner rest to do what I am called to do, even if it does not align with the popular belief.
Be fearless. Don’t let anything or anyone break you. Trust that there’s a Greater Being who oversees everything. Continue to do good, focus on your goals, count your blessings, and He’ll take care of the rest. You’ll be amazed how far solid faith can bring you.
Personal: Thanks more than words can say to Famas (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) and the esteemed Vera Perez clan, especially Manay Ichu and Pinggoy for choosing me to be the recipient of the Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award for Outstanding Entertainment Columnist.
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