That’s my father. He lived a hard life. Working hard every minute, at two jobs. A man of few words, he dolled out advice rarely but when he did it was profound and much of what I carried with me for the rest of my life. He is retired now but still stands by the values that make life worth living.
A content man, he is a friends’ friend, always there for people he cares for. A man of his word, he would never say anything that he didn’t mean. And if he said it, he would make it his mission to follow through. It is from whom, I get my sense of righteousness, spirituality and strive to make the world a better place with every action I choose to make.
During the Gulf war, his actions were the biggest inspiration to me to always stand for what’s right, no matter what the consequence. Rebuilding a life, from nothing with my mother by his side, both of them inspired me to never be fearful of what life might have in store for us. For we can always rebuild and grow stronger. Celebrate life in every form. Taking initiative to create memories that envelope the family in love they carry with them forever.
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His legacy is what makes me feel stronger with every struggle I come across. His words and actions are such a big part of me, the foundation of every choice I act upon. The core of my work in trying to change the world.
Which brought me to ask other women from around the worldstriving to make the world a better place, what advice their father gave them that helps their lives be better every single day.
Make sure to click on their names to see the incredible work each of these women is involved in.
Mine is —
Every single person has something good within them. To sustain & nurture any relationship, you have to focus on that and accept the rest as their personality.
(a). When you choose a man for you, make sure he cares for you more than he adores your physical appearance. And the one who does that will be the perfect Man for you. (b). It’s okay if you don’t save today’s earning but make sure you spend it gor worthy things.
Don’t settle, always strive for the best and believe that you are as good as the most successful of people. (My Iranian father-his words to live by upon living in Canada as an immigrant and making it).
My dad always taught us to try our best, no matter what the job was. Whether it was in school, or cleaning our toilets! I distinctly remember my brother saying he wanted to drive a garbage truck when he grew up so he could get cool things that people threw away :). And my dad said ‘then you have to try to be the best garbage truck driver there is!’
My dad encouraged me to learn languages. He said not to be scared how silly you sounded, you would always make friends that way. I remember him comparing the Scouse (Liverpudlian) slang word for wife with the Spanish word.
Aditi Wardhan Singh, founder and chief editor of Raising World Children online magazine is a mom of two adorable kids, living it up in Richmond Virginia in USA. Raised in Kuwait, being Indian by birth she has often felt out of place which led her to specialize in writing about cultural sensitivity when parenting. She writes for a number of large publications, including Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Richmond Moms Blog, Richmond Family Magazine, Desh Videsh. She has also been featured as a parenting expert on NBC. A computer engineer by profession, she turned entrepreneur by founding Raising World Children online magazine. At RWC, she is bringing voices from around the world together to talk about the synergy of today’s cultures with world heritage. Impromptu dance parties with her little one are her ultimate picker upper. . She has also contributed to the best selling anthology “When You Are Done Expecting” and is coming out with her new book “Strong Roots Have No Fear. ”