Most Important Part of the BodyPrakash Tewari
My Father 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, Daddy.”
He said, “No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon.”
Several years passed before he asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer.
So this time I told him, “Daddy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes.”
He 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, Father asked me a couple more times and always his answer was, “No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child.”
Then one year, my mother died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying.
My Father looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to my Mother. He asked me, “Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?”
I was shocked when he asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between him and me.
He 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.”
He looked down at me and threw his head to my shoulder and hugged me. I saw his eyes well up with tears. He said, “My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder.”
I asked, “Is it because it holds up my head?”
He 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.
*People will forget what you said. *
People will forget what you did. But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.
Contributed by: Col. Prakash Tewari.
Feature Photo: Shama Chaudhury, Nepal