Nails in the Fence

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Haven't had time to post much lately, so I thought I'd share a good story :)

The next time you are tempted to say something hurtful to someone just because you’re angry, you might want to stop and remember this story: it’s a keeper.

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.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course I can,” said the father.
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    I have missed you! but I know on the night shift you must be so tired, especially with two little ones. I don't know when you have time to be able to sleep {{{hugs}}} It must be very hard on you.

    Yeah for Monday! Hopefully the adjustment to the new shift will be smooth and easy on you and that this new transition will be good for you and your family.
    3815 days ago
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    Not on the day shift until Monday. It will take me a week or 2 to adjust...but by then I should be able to get back to my blogging!! Yay blogging! I've missed it, lol. Missed my spark friends!! Love you guys!
    3815 days ago
    You always find just the right things to say, that is one of the reasons I look up to you! emoticon
    3816 days ago
    I love this story! Thank you for sharing it with me. How much better the world would be if more people could hold their tempers.

    I have missed you and your blogs! How is daytime shift going for you now? Have you adjusted? Are you sleeping now? {{{hugs to you and the babies}}}
    3817 days ago
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