From The Senior Paper February 2021 Nails in a Fence

There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said every time the by lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence. On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails. The boy gradually began to control his temper, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence gradually 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 lost his temper at all. He told his father the great news and the father suggested that the by should not pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control. 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 scar just like the holes in this fence. It won’t matter how many times you say sorry, the wounds are always there. ”