Lessons of 2012

Amidst the various differences we have in experiences, personalities and stories, I’m quite sure a “common learning” can be reached.

Here are some of these I would like to share:

Writing a story for a year ender is as tough probably as describing yourself in public without having to over exaggerate or lift your chair up too much. 2012 meant many different things for many different and various people. For a country so diverse such as ours, there are more than 90 million versions spread over many islands across the archipelago.

Much as I would like to put everything that happened to the entire population or to the greater number of us who had so many stories and tales to tell, I think it would do injustice to the minority who may have had their own share of experiences, so let us just take those experiences and put them all together in two words- “common learning.”

Amidst the various differences we have in experiences, personalities and stories, I’m quite sure a “common learning” can be reached.

Here are some of these I would like to share:


1. Learn how to save

Most of us may already have empty pockets by this time of the year. But to have none at all to begin the year and to fall into a trap of indebtedness is something else. So if you happen to be one of these aforementioned, I say we start saving up during the first 11 months of the year so that we have a little leeway come Christmas time. We should be wise not only in buying, but also in consuming.


2. Learn how to be patient

Some of us may have lost our cool during the rush hour or even in traffic that’s why videos of Carabueno and Ms. Amalayer have propped up and caught our attention. True, these things we despise but these are also often some of the things we do when caught up in an uncompromising situation. The best thing to bear in mind is to think of the consequences once we do something in public. In the digital age, you can’t be wrong too often.


3. Think before you Click

How many of us have been caught posting hate messages or statuses on facebook or social media? Don’t ask Sharon Cuneta about it because you might just be scolded online. Many people still don’t realize the repercussions of being overly compulsive in social media. Well, ladies and gentlemen, don’t feed the cyber bullies news and items to pick on. The best thing to do- think before you click. Or in most circumstances, if you’re not game with being picked on or criticized over on Twitter or Facebook, don’t create an account.


4. Empty your pocket so there’s nothing to pick pocket

A lot have already been victimized by pick pockets in public utility vehicles. And to tell you, they aren’t necessarily showing off they have the best gadgets. Pick pockets have become wise to discover that money is hidden in ATM cards, that gadgets are kept in bags and that cellphones are hidden somewhere along someone’s different parts. Again, this doesn’t discourage snatchers and robbers from doing what they do. My advice- don’t bring what you don’t need because they know how to get it when it’s with you. Robbers can point a gun at you, point it to you till you get to the ATM machine where you will be forced to withdraw the money and get it from you in an instant. The key here is to only bring what you need, and it need not be flashy.


5. Be alert and aware all the time

It always pays dividends to be alert and aware all the time- not only when you’re out, but much more now even at home. The threat to your life and your property will always be there- whether it is from someone or even from a natural disaster. You have to constantly remind the people around you to always be on their toes.

Changing the fortunes of this country is quite a monumental effort. However, if we are to individually examine what we’ve done the past year and with a resolve to be individually better, change is not so far-fetched after all. 2012 or any year for that matter will always teach us lessons- sometimes these lessons repeat themselves and sometimes new ones come out. Regardless of change of year, the best resolution is to become better as human beings.


2013 will be no different if we become no different. 2012 can be a good starting point if we all take it upon ourselves to change for the better.


Happy New Year everyone!

About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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