My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body and 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 my last attempt I contemplated a correct answer. So I told her “Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes.” She looked at me and told me that I was 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 she asked me a couple more times and always the same answer “No. But you are getting smarter every year my young child.”
Then last year my Grandpa died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. I remember that especially because it is 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 son?” And I was shocked 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 that it was wrong and given you an example why. But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson.”
She looked down at me like only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, “Son the most important body part is your shoulder.” Was it because it held up my head? She replied, “No, because it can hold the head of a friend or loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life my son. 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 was not selfish, it was sympathetic to the pain of OTHERS.