A Nail In The Fence

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Senior Cook
Sep 3, 2004
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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
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
her mother about it and the mother suggested that the girl now pull out
nail for each day that she was able to hold her temper. The day passed
the young girl was finally able to tell her mother that all the nails
gone. The mother took her daughter by the hand and led her to the

She said, "You have done well, my daughter, but look at the holes in
fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger,
leave a scar just like this one." You can put a knife in a person and
it out. It won't matter how many times you say "I'm sorry", the wound
still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage
to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they
want to open their hearts to us It's National Friendship week.

Happy Friendship week! You are my friend and I am honored. Now send
this to
every friend you have!! And to your family.

Please forgive me if I have ever left a hole in your fence.
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