New Straits Times - - Letters -

WITH the events of Moth­ers Day and Teach­ers Day, it made me think about whom I had learnt from the most? Who has the big­gest in­flu­ence on my life? While I have learnt from many great teach­ers, the great­est and the most in­flu­en­tial of all is my mother.

Bring­ing up seven chil­dren on her own is never an easy task for any mother. She ex­pe­ri­enced more than her share of pain and heartaches in a life­time.

One thing I re­mem­ber the most of my mother is that she never let hard times dic­tate her life and the fu­ture of her chil­dren. In­stead, she al­ways be­lieves that how­ever tough life is, a rain­bow will al­ways ap­pear af­ter the storm.

I grew up watch­ing my mother work hard day and night. Be­ing a pri­mary school teacher, she pro­vided us with all the ne­ces­si­ties.

She sold snacks and cook­ies to en­sure that we had a good education. The em­pha­sis she placed on our education en­sured that all her chil­dren had uni­ver­sity de­grees.

Hard work is a great in­vest­ment that never fails.

She taught me the values of hard work and education to achieve our dreams. By work­ing hard, my mother has taught me dis­ci­pline and time man­age­ment. The fact is women should be in­de­pen­dent but at the same time not let the fam­ily mem­bers suf­fer.

Small acts like ask­ing “How are you do­ing?” dur­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner were al­ways the great­est mo­ments for me. We talked about our day and helped her do the dishes af­ter meals.

She also taught me to never give up. When I strug­gled with phys­i­cal and emo­tional prob­lems, she was al­ways there to give the sup­port and mo­ti­va­tion I needed.

My mother brought up her chil­dren with lots of love, af­fec­tion and in­tegrity. I al­ways wish I could be a great per­son like her in bring­ing up my own fam­ily some­day.

Agatha Christie wrote in The Last Seance: “A mother’s love for her child is like noth­ing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down re­morse­lessly all that stands in its path.”

How very true.

Over the years, I also learnt from my mother what be­ing a good leader is. A leader en­ables others to be great. While it is true in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of fam­ily, it is also true in any other or­gan­i­sa­tion. Lead­er­ship is not only about be­ing great, but also how to make other peo­ple great as a mother al­ways pri­ori­tises her chil­dren.

As a man, I may not un­der­stand

MON­DAY, MAY 22, 2017 it well but I can see that you of­ten put your own life af­ter us. Un­selfish­ness is a nat­u­ral state of moth­er­hood. You will do ev­ery­thing to see the chil­dren grow and suc­ceed. In this re­gard, I agree with Greek philoso­pher Aris­to­tle that ex­cel­lence is not an act but a habit.

We are what we re­peat­edly do. For me, you have ex­cel­lently taught us good habits since our child­hood.

What should I give you on Moth­ers Day? Flow­ers, cards or other ex­pen­sive gifts? You do not re­ally ex­pect all of those, just to never let you down in life. For that, I want to make you happy al­ways as you al­ways want to see your chil­dren happy. Ev­ery mother’s dream is to see their chil­dren suc­cess­ful. But, the best gift of all is spend­ing time with the chil­dren.

For me, ev­ery day is Moth­ers Day. You are my first teacher and I started learn­ing many great things at home as my school­room.

My mother is my great­est teacher, a teacher of love and com­pas­sion. I can­not thank you enough for what you have taught me. You are my teacher and will al­ways be my hero.

From the bot­tom of my heart, thank you very much mother.


In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Uni­ver­sity Malaysia


‘A mother’s love for her child is like noth­ing else in the world,’ wrote Agatha Christie.

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