3 - Issue 8
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 37 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 had been pulled out.
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 again. 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 will not matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there." A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
Therefore Swami Says,
“ It is said that if you cut down a tree, it could still sprout; or if a piece of iron were broken in two, a blacksmith could repair it. But, if you were to break a heart with venomous words, it would not be possible to ever make it whole again. Words can cause endless troubles, and they can give boundless joy. You should therefore be most careful that your word you use should not give pain to others. Never hurt another’s feelings. One day, the words you have used will come back to you. So always use words that are sweet and good.”
Courtesy: Sunrays For Sunday
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