October 9, 2008


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. But It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Remember that friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to you.'

It's National Friendship Week and am sharing this with my blogfriends to show how much I care and consider you all as my FRIENDS.


Please forgive me if I have ever left a 'hole' in your fence through my blog.


Bola said...

This is a great post.No one should allow anger to rule his/her life.I have learnt that any word said in anger no matter how small can never be retracted, and the damage caused by such word cannot be repaired even after the angry person has had time to cool off.It always leave one empty.

Thanks for this reminder.It's good to hear a few home truth once in while.

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