Here is an inspiration stories from my repository of stories:
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 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, 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 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 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. 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 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 -good or bad. But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel special.
A man was polishing his new car. His 5 year old son picked up a stone and scratched on the other side of the car. In anger, the furious Man took his child's hand and hit it many times, not realizing he was using a wrench.
At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When the child saw his father….with painful eyes he asked, "Dad when will my fingers grow back?"
The man was so hurt and speechless.
He went back to the car and kicked it many times. Devastated by his own actions… sitting in front of the car he looked at the scratches. His son had written with the stone, "I LOVE YOU DAD". He felt so hurt. Anger and Love have no limits…
"Things are to be used and people are to be loved, But the problem in today's world is…. "People are being USED & Things are being LOVED"
What do we learn from this? It is our personal responsibility my friend to remind ourselves and take an affirmation everyday first thing when we get up in the morning that we will not behave like the man in this story – even by mistake. If we can do that, the world will be a better place.