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The Most Important Body Part
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DD    Posted 10-24-2004 at 07:10:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Most Important Body Part

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 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. 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 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 Grandpa.

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 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 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 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.

Author Unknown

True or not, the story makes you stop and think.

Be blessed. Be a blessing. Get your shoulder ready....

Steve from Tn    Posted 10-24-2004 at 07:24:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
"People will forget what you said...
People will forget what you did....
But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

My favorite teacher in high school was not a great scholar. When he was in his final days, I went to see him at the nursing home. I told him that I didn't remember much of the geometry that he taught, but I remembered how he treated us. I told him that he treated his students like I was trying to teach my students. He thanked me and I left with tears in my eyes. Mr Ammons was a good man.

Cindi    Posted 10-24-2004 at 07:21:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's always ready. Good policy.

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