My Mother is a Timeless Teacher in the Classroom of my Life

By Prof AKSHAYA KUMARI

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“The beauty of motherhood is not in reproduction, the beauty of motherhood is in inclusion. It’s not because your mother reproduced you, that’s not why mother is precious. Because in many ways she saw you as a part of herself, it’s because of that. Suppose your mother delivered you and never bothered about you, she will be your first enemy. The willingness to include another life is a part of yourself. It is that beauty that we need to celebrate every moment.

My Mother is an influential educator, she bequeaths me timeless wisdom, a legacy so precious and valuable, and often shaped my world from the cradle, by rocking, nurturing and instructing us to grow up to make life-changing and history-making accomplishments. For every person, there is a mother behind who fostered her child’s sensibilities to their full potential.

 She remains some of our most powerful teachers in the hands-on laboratory of everyday living. Of all their many attributes…all that comes down to is the heart – a mother’s heart. It has everything to do with the tenderness and toughness, the compassion and conscientiousness of the heart. There is nothing quite comforting as having my mother’s arm wrapped around us when we are sad, lonely, or afraid.

She teaches us to believe in God, and the value of God’s word through our lives, personal prayer life and dependence on God’s strength and wisdom. Nothing is as attractive in a woman as the fear of the Lord. Knowing God, honoring God and worshipping God are really the most praiseworthy endeavors a person can ever undertake. Mothers are one of the first indications of the sovereignty of God in our lives.

My mother taught us to have confidence and belief in ourselves as she knew from experience how important for people to believe in themselves in order for us to be whole, strong and grow with a healthy estimation of oneself. One way she breed confidence in me as to affirm and sharpen our thinking. A healthy sense of self-confidence can result in me to achieve more and celebrate more. Her lessons in life gives me the space to believe in oneself as there is no limit to greatness one can attain or the great things you can accomplish.

She teaches us the power of words. The words that mothers speak have power. Words can build up a child or tear him down.

She shaped me as we speak to her? Are you like a potter, shaping the soft clay of your children’s hearts with words with a light guiding hand at some times and with gentle pressure at others? Or are you a sculptor, using your words like hammers, chisels, and knives because you are too busy and stressed to speak kindly and exercise patience?

When she finishes a conversation with me, does she look like fine pottery in the process of being molded by her words with love and care or do they look like stone, having had parts of their hearts chipped away by negative, sharp or angry words.

Be very careful with what we say. Remember that death and life, blessings and cursing are in the power of our tongue. With the words of our mouth, we can impart greatness or smallness in someone else’s life. You and I can fan the flame of a dream or you and I can snuff it out. Let us use our words for good.

Mothers teach us to pray. Prayer is taught by example. It is lived and it is a legacy that is passed on to our children. A woman who can talk to God and hear from Him is a force of strengths and beauty like no other.
“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of priest”, an old Spanish saying. A mother’s prayers are a priceless gift, a real treasure, an earnest heartfelt force of power. If you have a mother who prays for you, you are indeed truly blessed.

Mothers teach us to live out our legacy. Scripture is certainly consistent about reminding us that we will reap what we sow, and for many of us, our mothers – the greatest women in our lives sowed beautiful seeds of truth, wisdom, joy and peace, a spiritual harvest that is now bearing fruit in us and our children. Mothers have always made a difference and will continue to do so.

Mothers have often shaped our world from the cradle by rocking, nurturing and instructing children who grow up to make life-changing and history-making accomplishments. For every teacher, preacher, president, volunteer worker, employee, fashionista, technician, community worker, doctor, caregiver among others, there is a mother behind them who fostered her child to reach his/her full potential.

I would also like to add that the ‘ability to place a child’s well-being above her own well-being comes easily to women’. According to me, motherhood is about how a mother feels and embracing what’s around. The need to embrace someone as a part of yourself is motherhood and it is a wonderful experience.

“It gives her the ability to place the child’s well-being above her own well-being. It comes easily to her, it can come to anybody. You can place other people’s well-being above your well-being in so many ways but nature itself is assisting her to experience life that way which is wonderful. Your motherhood is about how you feel, its question of embracing what’s around you. You have a need to embrace someone as a part of yourself. What’s stopping you? I’ll give you the whole world – embrace. You can live here like a mother to the world, what is stopping you, just look upon everybody like that,”

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