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There was once 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 wall.

The first day, the boy nailed 37 nails into the wall. 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 wall.

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 pulls out one nail for each day that he was able to control 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 wall. He said, ‘You have done well my son, but look at the holes in the wall. The wall will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. Once you hurt your loved ones, it won’t matter how many times you say I am sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.  Remember that 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. Therefore, show your friends and loved ones how much you care by being careful of the words you use when angry, because those words can never be retracted. Words are like eggs, once broken, they cannot be formed together into a whole piece again.

Let your words bring life and not death. Let it spread tranquillity and not hostility. Let it heal and not wound. Let it restore and not destroy. Let it build up and not break down. Let your words bless and not curse. Let your words bring hope and not despair.

 

Anonymous.