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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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