I was watching a television show the other day about a little boy who was ashamed to invite his father to speak to his class. His classmate’s parents were doctors, lawyers or had some kind of interesting profession. The boy’s father owned a meat market-deli.
The boy loved his father and he felt guilty about feeling this way. One afternoon he visited a family friend and he found out that after a recent flood in the area, his father had help feed families that had lost their homes. Not only had his father helped these families during the crisis, he was still giving one family meat every week. His father was doing all this and had never expected anything in return.
The day his father was suppose to visit his classroom, he stood in front of his classmates and told them how much he had hurt his father, and how ashamed he was of the way he had acted.
I remember being in elementary school and sitting next to my mom at a PTA meeting and translating to Spanish what the principal was saying. My parent’s Cuban accent is something I have never been ashamed of.
The fact that they spoke to us in Spanish is the reason I am fluent in two languages, a gift I will cherish for the rest of my life, and one I have passed on to my children.
Your family is part of who you are, and to be successful in life is to honor them and give them the place they deserve. Sometimes the sacrifices of one generation can change the future of the next.
Hang all the degrees you want on your wall, but if you are ashamed of who you are, you will never be a success. To be successful in life is to embrace every part of what makes you, you.
It’s to honor your heritage, the customs you were raised with and to bring those customs into the life you are living today.