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 fence…
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 all.
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 the 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. But it won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will still be there.  A verbal wound is a bad as a physical one…
Remember that friends are very rare jewels indeed.  They make you smile and encourage you to succeed: they lend and ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.
It’s National friendship week.   Show your Friends how much you care…

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One response to “Nails in the fence…

  1. I loved this ~ thanks for e-mailing it to me. You are a GREAT FRIEND.

    Jan x

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