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Nails in the wood story


There used to be a boy with very bad temper. His father gave him a bag full of nails and told him to batten one nail into the fence every time he is angry, and loses his temper.

The first day, the boy battened 47 nails into the fence. During the next few months, he learned how to control his rage and the number of nails battened into the fence decreased. He learned it was much easier to control his temper, then to batten the nails into the fence. And then, the day came when the boy did not lose temper the whole day. He shared this fact with his father, who told his boy that each day he manages to control his temper, he takes off one nail from the fence.

Days have passed, and one day the boy told his father that he has taken off all the nails from the fence. Father took his son by his hand and took him to the fence.

He told the boy then: “You did well son. But look at all these holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same again. When you say things in rage, your words leave the scars, just as these nails left holes in the fence. You may stab a man with a knife and take the knife out, and no matter how many times you say you are sorry, the wounds remain.”

Let us remember this before hurting others with our words…