[MOL] "The Fence" [02682] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] "The Fence"


There was a little boy with a bad temper.  His father gave him a bag of
nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail
in the back fence.  The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the
fence.  Then it 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.  It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the
wound is still there.  A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. 
Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.  They make you smile and
encourage you to succeed.  They lend an ear, they share a word of
praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. 

Show your friends how much you care.  Send this to everyone you consider

God Bless
marty auslander
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