The Nails and the Fence
[00:08.85]There was a little boy with a bad temper.
[00:13.56]His father gave him a bag of nails
[00:16.62]and told him that every time he lost his temper,
[00:20.24]to hammer a nail in the back fence.
[00:23.19]The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.
[00:27.75]Then it gradually dwindled down.
[00:31.17]He discovered it was easier to hold his temper
[00:34.50] than to drive those nails into the fence.
[00:37.17]Finally the day came
[00:39.39] when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.
[00:41.98] He told his father about it
[00:44.39]and the father suggested
[00:46.14]that the boy now pull out one nail for each day
[00:49.23]that he was able to hold his temper.
[00:51.48]The days passed and the young boy
[00:54.08]was finally able to tell his father
[00:55.96]that all the nails were gone.
[00:57.67]The father took his son by the hand
[01:00.36]and led him to the fence. He said,
[01:02.99]“You have done well, my son,
[01:05.44]but look at the holes in the fence.
[01:07.36]The fence will never be the same.
[01:09.94] When you say things in anger,
[01:11.98] they leave a scar just like this one.
[01:14.63] You can put a knife in a man and draw it out.
[01:17.51]It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry,
[01:21.07]as the wound is still there.
[01:23.47] A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
[01:26.48]Sometimes, it only takes a few seconds
[01:29.67]to open profound wounds in those you love,
[01:32.45] but it can take many years to heal them.
[01:35.13]So remember to show your friends how much you care.
[01:38.87] Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.
[01:42.46] They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.
[01:45.94] They lend an ear, they share a word of praise,
[01:50.04] and they always want to open their hearts to us.
[01:53.62]Cherish the time you have,
[01:55.68]and the memories you share.
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