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Nails

Discussion in 'Literature and Poetry' started by Dusty, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. Nails

    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 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.




     

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