The Most Important Body Part
My mother used to ask me which body part is the most
important. 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 to us
as humans, so I said, “My ears, Mommy.”
She said, “No. Many people are deaf but they get along fine.
Keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon.”
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Several years passed before she asked me again. Since
making my first attempt, I had contemplated for the
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.”
Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge
and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more
times and her answer was always, “No. But you
are getting smarter every year, my child.”
Then one year, my grandfather died. Everybody was
hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried.
I remember that especially well because it was only
the second time I saw him cry.
My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our
final good-bye to my Grandfather.
She asked me, “Do you know the most important
body part yet, my dear?”
I was shocked when she asked me the question then.
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 body part you
guessed in the past, I have told you were 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 well up with tears.
She said, “My dear, the most important body
part is your shoulder.”
I asked, “Is it because it holds up my 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 so that you will always have a shoulder to
cry on when you need it.”
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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.
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