There once was a little girl who had a bad temper.
Her mother gave her a bag of nails and told her
that every time she lost her temper, she must hammer
a nail into the back of the fence.
The first day the girl had driven thirty-seven
nails into the fence.
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Over the next few weeks, as she learned to control
her anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually
dwindled down. She discovered it was easier to hold
her temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the girl didn't lose
her temper at all.
She told her mother about it and the mother suggested
that the girl now pull out one nail for each day
that she was able to hold her temper.
The days passed and the young girl was finally
able to tell her mother that all the nails were
The mother took her daughter by the hand and led
her to the fence.
She said, "You have done well, my daughter,
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."
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You can put a knife in a person 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.
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 us.
Forgive me if I have ever left a ‘hole’
in your fence!
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