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Nails In The Fence

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Nails In The Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.

His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time
he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger,
the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He
discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those
nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at

He told his father about it and the father suggested that the
boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold
his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his
father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by
the hand and led him to the fence.

He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in
the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say
things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can
put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many
times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there."

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

~Author Unknown~
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