As I age I find beauty in the aphorisms and tend to appreciate more the wisdom contain in the colloquial sayings of my mother tongue. It is my strong belief that every culture has its own collection of these colloquial sayings and they, too, are full of wisdom. All these are hundreds, if not thousands, years old. Many of these sayings are short, but they are sweet.
They are actually the comments made after years and years of keen observations, insightful perception, thorough study of human actions, behaviors and human nature. These are oral wisdom passed down to us by our ancestors. The knowledge, experiences, understanding, comprehension contained in them are our guides through life if we are acute enough to recognize them. They are to save us the time and effort from ‘reinventing the wheels’, to save us from suffering the same pains, frustrations, agonies they had gone through.
Many of us do not even know such treasures existed. Many of us who have the opportunities to come across some of these precious gems may not realize what we have missed. The significant meanings of these gems are lost on us. I regret not paying much attention to them when my parents were around, they could be my easy references. I moan the fact also for not giving the aphorisms the due attention that they rightfully deserved . I missed the chance to accumulate a wider collection. It will be my priority now onward to gather as many of them as possible.
“The days our parents are giving to us to take care of them are not that many.”
This is an advice to us to take care of our aged parents while they are still around. It is so beautifully expressed – read it again – ‘The days our parents are giving to us to take care of them…”! It is telling us that it is a privilege given us by our parents to perform our filial duties. An opportunity granted us to reciprocate for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf, for the unselfish love they have given us all these years, for all the good things we possess and are enjoying now. Each day that we still have our parents with us, is an opportunity given us to exercise to fulfill our responsibilities and obligations as children.
“The days….are not that many”
It alerts us that the numbers of days left for us to carry out our filial duties are not many. It is advising us not to procrastinate. It is telling us to treat these days with urgency, to act now! Our parents are getting older by the days! The day that pass will never return again. It is a reminder to us to do what we ought to do as children of our parents. It advisable not to procrastinate in such things, or we may live to regret our inactivity.
The saying has a ‘urgent tone’ about it, I do hope those who still have their parents around would not ignore the message. Please do not waste this golden opportunity! Seize the opportunities, for they are really golden.
This is actually a gift, a blessing to us, let us not let it slip away!
I will end with an other saying – ‘When you take a drink of water always remember its source.” Our parents are our source.
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