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We in­vite read­ers to share thoughts, anec­dotes, views or sto­ries on a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject. Last week we asked: What was the best ad­vice, knowl­edge or skill your mother passed onto you? Here are your replies. It’s of­ten that we kids have tiny prob­lems at school, and we get home in a bad mood. A few months ago, that’s how I was; al­ways talk­ing to my­self about wor­ries, get­ting grumpy with­out any rea­son. My mom, nat­u­rally, no­ticed it. One day she came up to me and just said, ‘Never put the key to your hap­pi­ness into some­one else’s pocket.’ At first, I won­dered what it meant. She ex­plained, ‘Lak­shmi if you want to be happy, then you have to take the first step. You should not wait for oth­ers to make you happy. In­stead of get­ting into an ar­gu­ment, talk calmly and in a po­lite man­ner. Peo­ple will re­spect you and grad­u­ally the prob­lem will be solved, just “There is no guar­an­tee that life can only pro­vide you hap­pi­ness, there will be a lot of strug­gles and those who hold on will sur­vive. And there will be a day of hap­pi­ness stored for you. Pa­tience and prayers will def­i­nitely help you to move on.” That’s the best ad­vice my mom gave me, I’ll al­ways trea­sure it. Teena Ji­jil

My mother taught me to be happy with the way I look nat­u­rally. Mag­gie @me_r858

don’t ex­plode like a pres­sure cooker and don’t re­act in a neg­a­tive way. Try to be pos­i­tive.’

This took time, as it wasn’t easy, but some­times think­ing about a pres­sure cooker did help. As I started to change, the per­spec­tive of my friends to­wards me changed and I be­came a bet­ter stu­dent.

I’ve re­alised life is 10 per cent what hap­pens to us and 90 per cent how we re­act to it and we should take the first step to be happy. These lessons did change my life, just like each and ev­ery mother, my mother helped me with my prob­lems. I love you Mamma, and I will al­ways owe you. Lak­shmi R Menon

The most im­por­tant les­son that my mother taught me was that if you can get through and ig­nore the small dif­fi­cul­ties in life, you will be able to achieve the big­ger goals that you have set. If you con­cen­trate on the small things, you will lose fo­cus on ev­ery­thing else. Twenty years on, this has stayed with me and has proved to be the most valu­able les­son and I’d like to thank my mother for ev­ery­thing else that she taught me, for all my suc­cesses and giv­ing me all that she could. Sa­dia Mohsin

The teach­ings my mother has given can­not be ex­pressed in words. The best thing she taught us was to be a good hu­man be­ing and also if you are right, never give up. She is my friend, philoso­pher and guide. My life is in­spired by her teach­ings. Seema Shaik When it came to mat­ters of the heart, my mum would al­ways say, “Baby girl, don’t fall for a man by his out­ward show – a feather flies high but a pearl re­mains low.” Christalynne Ro­drigues-D’souza My mother and my moth­erin-law are my pil­lars of strength. They both are ex­em­plary ex­am­ples of hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion, qual­i­ties that I have nat­u­rally im­bibed from both of them. These two gems have taught me in­valu­able lessons about mar­riage, par­ent­ing, work, re­la­tion­ships and life. Puja Gandhi My mom al­ways told me to live within your means. Never ever use a credit card in swip­ing for pay­ments in res­tau­rants or su­per­mar­kets. Al­ways pay by cash. You might have al­ready di­gested that junk­food, but pay­ment is still pend­ing. Sounds funny, but it’s true. Yeah, my mom is funny and a good provider. Clever woman! Maldita Her­mosa

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