Con­trol Your Tem­per

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

THERE once was a lit­tle boy who had a very bad tem­per. His fa­ther de­cided to hand him a bag of nails and said that ev­ery time the boy lost his tem­per, he had to ham­mer a nail into the fence.

On the first day, the boy ham­mered 37 nails into that fence.

The boy grad­u­ally be­gan to con­trol his tem­per over the next few weeks, and the num­ber of nails he was ham­mer­ing into the fence slowly de­creased. He dis­cov­ered it was eas­ier to con­trol his tem­per than to ham­mer those nails into the fence.

Fi­nally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his tem­per at all. He told his fa­ther the news and the fa­ther sug­gested that the boy should now pull out a nail ev­ery day he kept his tem­per un­der con­trol.

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.

“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 man and draw it out. It won’t mat­ter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

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