One little boy had a bad temper. One day, his father decided to teach him to control himself, so he gave him a bucket of nails and said to him that, every time he loses his temper, he should hammer a nail into the fence.
During the first day, the boy ended up hammering 25 nails into the fence. In a couple of weeks, as he learned to control his behavior, the number of nails hammered daily gradually went down. The boy found that it is easier to hold his temper than to hammer nails into the fence…
Finally, the boy learned how to control his anger and he didn’t hammer any more nails into the fence. Proudly, he told his father about his achievement. The father then asked him to pull one nail out of the fence every day he was able to control his anger.
After a few weeks, the little boy informed his father that all the nails were removed from the fence. The father proudly went to check it with his son. When they were standing near the fence the father said: “I am very proud of you son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same again as before. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will remain there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.”
Moral of this story: be careful when you say something in anger. Better not to talk at all than to say something that you could be sorry later for having said it. A word is like a bird, once it flies out, you can’t return it back.