There once was a little boy who had a fearsome temper.
His father gave him a bag of nails and a hammer and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must bang a nail into the back of the fence.
By the end of the first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was now hot and tired. He concluded that banging nails into a fence was hard work!
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 person and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there."
The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said: "I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you."
"Of course I can," said the father.
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