InspirEmail No 177 - March 15, 2010
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account' 

The most important part of the body

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.

When I was very young, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, 'My ears, mother.'

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, 'mother, 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, my 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 passed away. Everybody in our family was crying and even my father cried. I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry.

My mother  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 as 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 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, not for yourself and 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

March Featured Inspiration

Encouraging High Achievement

It was the end of the school term and my son Tom had less than three months left before he would finish his six years at high school. During this time he had developed a passion for basketball and may I say as a . . . read more >>>

- Inspirational Quote -

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around
Leo Buscaglia

View more Inspirational Quotes >>>

Archived InspirEmail

Top of page


A monthly positive inspirational story and quote to refresh your spirit and boost the emotional bank account. InspirEmail was first published in November 2005 and each issue can be viewed in the Archived InspirEmail Directory located below the latest issue of InspirEmail

View the latest issue of InspirEmail

Positive Inspirational Images
Positive Inspirational Stories
Positive Inspirational Quotes