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 young, I thought sound was very important
to us as humans,
so I said: My ears mumy
she said: No, many people are deaf, but you keep thinking about it and
I will ask you again soon.
Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first
attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer.
So this time I told her: Mumy, 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 naswer is
not correct because there are many people who are blind.
Stumped again, I continue my quest for knowledge and over the years,
mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was:
No, but you'r getting smarter every year, my child.
Then last year my grandpa 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.
My mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to
She asked me: Do you know the most important part of body 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 body part that you gave me in the past, I have
told you 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 well up with
My dear ,the most important body part is your shoulder
I asked :
Is it because it holds up my head ?
No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when
they cry. Every body needs a shoulder 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 os 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.