Lessons learned from our mothers

The literal definition of a mother is a female parent.

But the true definition is so much more than that. Mothers give and sustain life to their children. They nurture and mother their children. They are often the heart and soul of a family.

And they are living testaments to their children of how they eventually navigate through the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys, of life.

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we’ll all be celebrating and remembering the impact our mothers have had on our lives.

We asked people associated with RE/MAX Real Estate (Central) what were the key and most important things they learned from their mothers. Here’s what they said:

Nick Profeta, Manager, Associate and Chief Happiness Officer, at Central

“The most important thing my Mom taught me was: Treat everyone like they are part of our family. I am surprised how many times this lesson and positive mindset has helped me in life, business and everyday relationships. Happy Mother’s Day!!!”

Sue Styles, business coach for real estate professionals and a professional speaker and author, who operates her own company Maximized Results

“Although she probably didn’t intend to teach me these two lessons, we glean messages from WHO people are, not by what they say. I was the oldest of three kids and we grew up in a broken home, with broken hearts from a missing father. We didn’t own a car, or a home. We usually didn’t have enough food. Yet somehow, my memories are not sad ones. They are filled with family time, simple pleasures and my helpful grandparents.

“In looking back, I took away two messages from my mom:

1. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, if you really need something then you should get it. Somehow things will work out (and they always did )!

2. When I started having my own children, I wondered what was the most important thing in raising little people with self-esteem and love in their hearts, who would do good and be able to reach out towards their dreams?

“That’s when I realized that the most important lesson I got from my mom was that of unconditional love. Even though we didn’t have money, or our own home, or even a car – we always had our mother’s attention and approval. How many times, I would ramble on and on and my mom would just listen and open her arms with a loving hug. To me, that is the most important thing.”

Gemma Festa, a realtor with Central

“My Mom Maria Cimino Barberio was an extraordinary woman that left a lasting impression on everyone she met. Immigrated from Italy to Calgary in 1956 not speaking, reading or writing the English language but she persevered until she could do all three.

“Hard work and determination. She managed to raise a family and dabble in real estate believing it was the best and solid way of investing your money. Her smile, affection and advice was always what we looked forward to as children and adults.

“A book of knowledge her memorable lines were: I would rather give you something with a warm heart than a cold hand. Life is short, enjoy every minute. Doesn’t matter how much money you make it’s how much you can save. Always love your family. And treat people the way you want to be treated.

“Mom I think of you on Mother’s Day and every day of the year. I am so proud and honoured to have had this special lady in my life that guided me every step of the way.”

Tanya Eklund, realtor with Central and owner of the Tanya Eklund Group

“My mom’s name is Virginia Eklund. She is the best gift from God any child could ever hope for. She showed compassion when I needed it and discipline when it was deserved. I learned about what grace means and the power of forgiveness from my mother. I wish every little girl could have the opportunity to have a mother like I have. Love you mom. Xoxo Tanya.”

Stephanie Bégin, realtor with Central and daughter of Teri-Ann Bégin, also a realtor with Central who runs the Bégin Group real estate team

“Growing up she taught me to treat people how I wanted to be treated. So I find it a lot easier to be nice to people . . . She always says everything happens for a reason. So if something bad happens there’s probably going to be a lesson or something positive that comes out of it if you remain positive.”

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