Words are like weapons (they sometimes wound)

There once was 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 fence.

The first day the boy had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence.  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 fence.  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 pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold 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 fence.  He said, ‘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 but it won’t  matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will still be there.  A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.”

4 Comments:

  1. Very apt at this time

    See during the week and thanks for everything

  2. Fr. V.,
    SO , SO true For some the scars never heal.

  3. Vincent its Eileen from Mullinabreena

    just read your (words are like weapons )how very true

    take care of yourself maby might see you over the Christmas

    God bless E.T. (eileen Toolan

    • Thanks Eileen! Well done to the “Rovers Man”! Spotted him a few times around the victory days. Chat soon for sure. V

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