There once was a little boy, and he had a very bad temper. His father wanted to do something about it. He decided to hand the little boy a bag of nails, and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.
On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence. This seems to be a wake up call for the little boy. It worked, and the boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks. The number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased.
He discovered that it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence!
Finally, one day, the boy did not add one single nail to the fence. He didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news. The father now suggested that every day the boy kept his temper under control, he should now pull out a nail from the fence.
The days passed, and one day, 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.
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.
When you say things in anger, they leave a scar. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.