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The Most Important Body Part

--by allen, posted Nov 8, 2007
My mother used to ask me what the most important part of the body is.  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 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, "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 always her answer was, "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 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 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 you gave me 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 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 made for others and not for yourself. It is sympathetic to the pain of others.
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Readers Comments

katlampi wrote: This is a very sweet story! Glad you posted! :)
MISSPROUD wrote: Wow that was so beautiful...I am so happy you wrote that!!And i'd would cry on your shoulders for that beautiful story!!It show us how life is like..BRAVO!
wondering wrote: That's a great story, but are you the original author, allen? I've seen this story at other places around the internet. If you are not the original author, it would be more noble if you would mention that so you don't take credit for someone else's story. Nonetheless, thank's for sharing it.
jz wrote: wondering, this is a recycled story but as you might read, it doesn't say authored by allen but merely "posted by" allen.

allen, please accept my gratitude for sharing in a world where such inspiration is sorely lacking!
Kind4Ever wrote: Thank you so much for sharing.
Yesterday evening, I received a call from a friend who I havn't met for a long time.Actually in China, yesterday is a festival and all people celebrate the first day of winter. And I felt so warm though it had a little cold weather. I really agree friendship is so important and love will always keep away the cold!
Nickgrand wrote: Thanks you and God bless!!
Angel4eva wrote: Thats wonderful!
lovebug wrote: Thank you Allen for sharing your mothers wisdom.For me it has been a up hill battle. Every day I am told not to be a doormat, a crying towel, a patsy. Everyday I tell myself, today I will not let anyone take advantage of my kind heart, I will be strong and let everyone fend for themselves, survival of the fittest attitude, but by the end of the day I find I have failed in fulfilling the laws of the land and the government. The only law I accept is the law of Love. Thank God for your mother she felt the same way
HapBee wrote: Absolutely beautful!

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