Most important part of the body..!


MY mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body. Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer. When I was younger, I thought sound was very important, so I said, ‘My ears, Mommy.’ She said, ‘No!’
Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had thought it could be the eyes, so this time I told her, ‘Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes’. She looked at me and told me, ‘You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind.
Wrong again, I continued thinking about it. Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, ‘No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child.’
Then one year, my grandma died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry. I then saw my mother walking towards him and holding him awhile and watched as dad sobbed on her shoulder. I had never seen something so comforting, so touching. It was a while later that my Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to Grandma. She asked me, ‘Do you now know the most important body part yet, my dear?’
I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me, ‘This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life. For every answer, you gave me in the past, I have told you it was wrong and I have given you an example why. But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson.
She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes fill up with tears. She said, ‘My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder.’ I asked, ‘Is it because it holds up your head?’ She replied, ‘No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it.’
Then and there, I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one. It is sympathetic to the pain of others. People will forget what you said ……People will forget what you did …….But people will never forget how you made them feel when they cried on your shoulder..!
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