Today, I would like to honor moms, and, in particular, my own, on this Mother’s Day by relaying the major things my mom has taught me about life to help me become a better person. These lessons can be applied by anyone, regardless of your relationship with your mom, and can be applied in most situations we may find ourselves. When I think about my mom, the three major things in life she has taught me are: 1) How to sacrifice for the good of someone else 2) How to work at your very best. 3) How to be frugal and appreciate what I have more.
The longer I live, the more I realize how much my mother has sacrificed for me, and for my whole family. First of all, she moved to the U.S before my brother and I were born because she knew that we would have better opportunities and successes here. However, this move meant leaving almost all her family behind and moving into a new area, with different customs and beliefs. When I was growing up, she often went above and beyond to make sure we would be successful and moral people. For instance, my mom was always the type to be willing to help me with my homework when I needed it. I also remember her giving me math problems when I was younger to help develop my skills in that area. She was also not afraid to discipline us when our selfishness and stubbornness got in the way, and sometimes those vices led to my brother and I getting into fights or arguments. However, my mom made sure we made up and made our relationship stronger again. Today, since there is a sale at a local store, my mom is willing to accompany me because she knows I value her presence. These, and countless other sacrifices made by my mom, have helped me to be more willing to sacrifice for her and others. For instance, at my job, I volunteered to work extra hours on my birthday, several months ago, because I wanted the store to do well on its audit the next week. Yes, I would have rather done something more fun, but I wanted to sacrifice for the good of my colleagues and managers because I care about them, not just so I could get extra money. I also have been more willing to sacrifice for my mom to do whatever she needs me to do, because I realize how much she has already done for me.
Unfortunately, many people don’t give their moms adequate credit for the hard work they do around the house and for their family. I don’t want to be one of those people. I have seen my mom work so hard that her entire body aches afterwards! Like my dad, she pushes herself to get what she needs to done for the day and for the joy of her family. For instance, several years ago, my mom used to work for hours trimming the bushes that we have around our front yard, only stopping to eat and drink coffee, until she was done. I tried to help her get all the leaves and debris cleaned up, so she wouldn’t have to do as much work. Because of her hard work and perseverance in working around the house and making sure her family’s needs are met, I strive to do what I can, for my family, friends, and co-workers. For instance, at work, when I am done with straightening my area, I am eager to help out another person, so they don’t feel so overwhelmed in their area (especially if the area is difficult to straighten or if there is high shopping traffic there). When my mom is feeling overwhelmed or tired, I ask what I can do to help and then do whatever she tells me.
Finally, my mom has taught me the value of saving money and things, and not wasting the income provided by God through my job. She is the one who taught me that it is best to buy something that is on sale and with a coupon, if possible. She has also taught me how to not spend more than I have. She has taught me the value of recycling, and thus, not being wasteful with the resources God has given me. In her teachings, I have learned to value the possessions that God has given me, and not take the blessings He provided for granted. I have observed that in my country, unfortunately, we waste a lot of things and are not as grateful for the things we have. For instance, we don’t eat all the food that we buy sometimes because we have too much of it. My mom taught me to savor every bite and morsel of food on my plate. This has helped me be OK, and even eager, to eat leftovers, and see that as a blessing to me, instead of a burden.
These are the three major things my mom has taught me. She has taught me the value of treasuring and savoring what we have, the value of hard work and perseverance, and the importance and benefits of living sacrificially for others. What are some things your mother has taught you? How has she helped you be a better person? If your mother is still alive and well, make sure you take the time to thank and cherish your mother today.