IJMC Lessons From a Fence

                     IJMC - Lessons From a Fence

This one just goes to show that it doesn't take much, a little good ole 
parenting can go a long way. Of course, so can a stable net connection, 
but then again, you don't notice it til it's gone...              -dave

~*~  Lessons From a 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.
"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.

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