Moms say memorable things to their kids. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s strange. Often, it’s strict. But pretty much always, it’s in love. This past weekend, we honored the timeless wisdom of moms by featuring some of the best advice our friend’s mothers had to offer. We asked some of our friends for quotable quotes from their mentors and guardians. Here are some of the helpful hints they had to give.
Note: Submissions have been edited for clarity and length.
“If you are feeling helpless, help someone.”
“Hindi ka lang dapat tutulong ‘pag may sobra ka.”
“Don’t sleep with your makeup on!”
“Make sure to have a lot of patience deposited in your ‘Emotion Account’. You’ll need it when you get older.
“Crying isn’t always a sign of weakness.”
“When you make a commitment, you must fulfill and deliver. So be careful with your ‘yes’.”
“Kung ano ang sinimulan mo, tapusin mo. And when you feel like giving up, don’t quit. Pray for strength.”
“Instead of cursing them, pray blessings over people who have hurt you.”
“Be prepared! When going on a barkada trip, don’t forget to bring formal wear (you might be invited for a sit-down dinner) and swim wear (even if it’s not on the agenda).”
“Huwag sumabat sa usapan ng matatanda.”
“Makipagtalo ka na sa akin, huwag lang sa biyenan mo dahil mas maiintindihan kita!”
“Find time to volunteer in a local clinic for indigent people. Share the blessings God has given you.”
“Lahat ng sobra ay masama.”
“Mag-aral ng mabuti para makatapos kayo at magtulungan kayong magkakapatid.”
Do no harm, but take no sh*t.
“Always pray, especially when you find it hard to do so. Just surrender everything to God.”
“Piliin mo mga kaibigan mo.”
“Huwag na huwag kang mangungutang ng hindi mo kayang bayaran. Masarap ang tulog ng taong hindi nakakaagrabyado.”
“Always be responsible & accountable for your actions, no matter what the outcome.”
Maging open sa kanya tungkol sa lovelife mo. Pati siya kinikilig!
“It’s better to be kind than to be right.”
It was more warning than advice: “Huwag na huwag kang magsisinungaling dahil bago ako magtanong, alam ko na ang sagot!”
“You need to be deaf, blind, and very giving when it comes to your in-laws.”
“Huwag muna magpapakasal dahil mahal ang dolyar!”
“Magtira ka, anak, ng para sa iyo.”
Whenever any of us leave the house without her, she always tells us “Huwag kang tatanga-tanga!”
“No matter where you are, no matter what you do, we’ll always be here supporting you. So go and spread your wings and fly with the one you’re meant to be. We’ll see you on the other side of the world.”
“Smile. It adds years to your life and the lives of those you show your smile to.”
“Naiakyat na namin kayo ng isang hakbang sa hagdan, nasa inyo na yan kung babalik pa ayo sa unang baitang!”
“Look with your eyes, not with your mouth!”
It wasn’t so much what she told me but what I saw in her: grace & dignity in the worst of times, elegance and generosity in the best of times.
“There is greater joy in giving and helping, much greater than in receiving.”
She didn’t really say this, but did so through her actions.
There was a flood in their village, and for the first time, water entered the house knee deep. At that time, my parents had a Japanese house guest, a very good family friend. When the water receeded, they swept the house, moved furniture, etc to get it as neat as possible. Right after that, without sitting down to take a break, she immediately got two huge pots and started cooking arroz caldo.
Their Japanese guest, puzzled, asked why she was cooking so much food. My mom replied that, for the first time, water entered her house: which meant that the houses at the lower areas of the village were definitely in much deeper flood. The residents would most likely take shelter at the church, which is on a higher portion of the village. “They’ll be wet and hungry, so I’m cooking for them.” Our Japanese friend had tears rolling down when he heard her reply.
There is greater joy in giving and helping, much greater than in receiving.