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The Fence


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Hi, I'm Martial Arts Master Bill FitzPatrick

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,

he had to hammer a nail into the backyard fence.

The FIRST day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

But - DAY by DAY the number gradually dwindled down.

The boy SOON learned that it was easier to hold his temper

Than it was 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 his accomplishment

The father was pleased and 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, "Son, You have done very well, but look at ALL the holes in the fence.

That fence will never be the same.

When you say things in anger, they leave a SCAR just like the permanent holes in this fence.

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.

Many times, A verbal wound can be just as bad as a physical one."

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