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Postby gmattson » Tue Mar 02, 1999 1:08 pm

Bill Hall sent in the following story. I hope you enjoy it. GEM

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."

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Postby david » Wed Mar 03, 1999 12:08 pm

"Ang Dila ay Hindi patalim

Nguni't kung sumugat ay malalum."

"The tongue is not a knife

But it can inflict a deep cut."

Coincidentally, this was at the end of Hernandez's Balisong.

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Postby Jackie Olsen » Sat Mar 06, 1999 12:17 am

I am the flame, and I am the dry bush, and in my anger, one part of me consumes the other ... (paraphrasing Gibran)

In beauty, Jackie

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