FRIENDSHIP - By: Kathy Mishima



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 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 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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