This year, another goal I wish to achieve is to practice : FILIAL PIETY.
In Confucian ideals, filial piety (Chinese: 孝) is one of the virtues to be held above all else: a respect for the parents and ancestors.
This is somewhat an unfamiliar term for those who are not familiar with the Confucius teaching, but nevertheless, this virtue has been imparted in other forms or terms.
For example, in Malaysia education, the Malay term for it will be "Kasih Sayang kepada Ibubapa.".
Frankly speaking, I am not considered very filial person. Or shall I say I have not progress much in this field.
Yes I do care a lot for my family. I have been trying to reduce the financial burden of my parents by giving tuition since Form 2 (age 14) till my college years. I studied hard to earn a scholarship so that my parents will not have to crack head and back to pay for my sis (who is one year apart from me) and me through universities.
In a way, it makes me more independent and grow rather "distant" from my family. During college times, I would work during the holiday, spending very little time at home. Even though at that time, i made sure i called home every week. Something which I tend to forget to do now that I have my own family and kids.
So this year, I hope I will maintain this routine to call my parents weekly if not more often and try to visit them as often as I could.
Whenever I told my child whatever i wished, e.g., wish they could drive me when they got their driving license, wish they would provide me with some surprises (good ones of course), be a good and responsible person..etc...I reckon I should do it to my parents too :)
So I hope I can bring them for trips and outings more often too. Have to really cherish while they are still around.
And I hope I can be more supportive and encouraging with my words and not to talked back/preaching when I don't come into terms with their ways or mindset.
My children are my mirrors towards how I should be treating my parents.
And, as the wise saying goes, " Our parents don't need our filial piety. It is us, Children, who needed to practice it.". How true!
So, have you called your parents lately? Why not make the call or the visit now?