The First Mentors of Society

The month of May is a month for mothers, and this past Sunday was the day on which we should all have taken a moment to realise the huge role that mothers play; for mothers play one of the most significant roles there are – not just in the formation of the personality and values of their children, but also in the formation of society as a whole.

So, to all the mothers and the future mothers, I say to you that your role is honoured. You are the first teachers and mentors of society. It is from you that we first learn about morality and from whom we form our beliefs and our principles. It is the mother who first teaches each of us – as eventual members of society – about compassion, strength, humility and honour. Mothers are the embodiment of compassion, patience and tolerance.

Women in general are given a special ability to withstand pain more than men; the pain threshold of a woman is amazing. Mothers withstand the heartache of seeing a child make mistakes and they persevere as they watch a child learn from those mistakes. Women can bear the pain of giving birth and they willingly endure this pain. A man could not. Despite the pain and risks involved with childbirth, women lovingly and willingly give birth to children and nurture them through good and bad. In this way, women are giving birth to society at their own expense. Mothers have a natural affinity and affection to having children.

Above the pain, the risk and the heartache of being a mother, above all else, mothers sacrifice themselves for their children. Mothers have great responsibility because they’re the teacher of the child and with great responsibility comes great sacrifice. All mothers should realise this. It is their duty to ensure their child grows up honourable and develops to be an active, valuable and socially conscious member of society. It can be hard for a woman, who becomes a mother, to find the balance between her career and her bound duty to her role as a mother. Women in general have to understand how important this balance is. This is part of the sacrifice of being a mother. Once you have a child, that child becomes your priority and this is not something to be ashamed of. A woman can still be ‘corporate’. But she will realise from the moment she becomes a mother, that her most important and most rewarding job is to love, teach, nurture, support, guide and raise her child. There is a balance to be found between being a ‘corporate woman’ and a mother. This balance may be hard to find, but it is important to us all that the mothers of the world find this balance. And the rest of us must support her as she walks this delicate line.

Please take a moment to ponder… a mother must always be respected because of the ‘services’ she has ‘rendered’. This service is un-repayable. A child, in every aspect, owns his or her life to their mother. A mother should never be undermined or belittled. A mother should be cherished, loved and remembered for the pain and the sacrifice she made. Most importantly, she should be honoured for the love and care she has given us and for her role in creating society.



Joseph Bismark

Group Managing Director, QI Ltd