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NAIL IN THE FENCE

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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 diven 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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Got to agree. There are time when things are best left unsaid. I'm sure most of us at times wish we could take something back we spouted off when a bit peeved but by then it's too late.
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quote:Originally posted by btrumanj

Got to agree. There are time when things are best left unsaid. I'm sure most of us at times wish we could take something back we spouted off when a bit peeved but by then it's too late.
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That is so true![^]
 

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That may be one of the best little stories I ever read. I've had a lot of those things I wish I could take back over the years. I once belittled my dad when I was a smart [email protected]@ teenager for being a farmer. My Dad's been gone 12 years now and that happened 47 years ago It haunts me to this day.
 

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Bet he got even talking about his cop son-my mom used to say I was a buzzard-she thought I loved writing tickets...sat and waited to pounce....if she'd known I lived to catch burglars in the hole she'd have stayed up all night worrying....cops are fair game for family and friends!!
 
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