Nails in the fence – inspirational story
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.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Nails In The Fence – Inspirational Story
T here once was a lit t le boy who had a bad t emper. His f at her gave him a bag
of nails and t old him t hat every t ime he lost his t emper, he must hammer a nail
int o t he back of t he f ence.
T he f irst day t he boy had driven 37 nails int o t he f ence. Over t he next f ew
weeks, as he learned t o cont rol his anger, t he number of nails hammered daily
gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier t o hold his t emper t han
t o drive t hose nails int o t he f ence.
Finally t he day came when t he boy didn’t lose his t emper at all.
He t old his f at her about it and t he f at her suggest ed t hat t he boy now pull out
one nail f or each day t hat he was able t o hold his t emper. T he days passed
and t he young boy was f inally able t o t ell his f at her t hat all t he nails were
T he f at her t ook his son by t he hand and led him t o t he f ence. 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.”
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