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 37 nails
into the fence. 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
to 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 gone. 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."
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, if not worst 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.
Words really can be mightier than a sword.