Food For Thought.............Please read........Thank You

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by suzetal, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    Food for Thought

    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 and over the years, and 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 goodbye 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 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 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.

    Sent to me by a friend.

    Hugs Sue

  2. minkanyrose

    minkanyrose New Member

    That truely was a good bit of advice you shared with us. and I want to say thank you for all the shoulders here I have cried on it is so good to have understanding.
  3. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    do agree. I also think another VERY important part is a heart. It seems so many people have lost heart when it comes to recognizing and empathizing with others these days. It's like hearts are growing more stiff and hard. Every day on the news I hear or read of some new heartless
    thing someone or many have done to their fellow humans.

    I yearn for times when it at least seemed people had more empathy and genuine concern for each other. Maybe it's always been this way and I just didn't realize it as I didn't have health problems like now?
  4. tandy

    tandy New Member

    Thanks for sharing~

    I thought the answer was your 'heart'
    and to some degree I'm right.
    I think it takes a giving/loving heart to be able to listen to others and give them your 'best' advice.

    Tandy :)