At times, we may find ourselves so full of emotion that we can’t think straight. We might not even know what we are feeling or why. People are complicated. And for children especially, feelings can be confusing and extremely overwhelming.
In this thought-provoking story from Inspiration Peak, we follow the journey of a troubled young man in his path to self-realization.
Read the intriguing tale below:
Nails in the Fence
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 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.”
The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”
“Of course I can,” said the father.
As the boy pounds and removes nails from a fence, he experiences his emotions in physical form, something much easier for him to understand.
He can actually see the harm done.
Despite the damage, the boy is applauded for his efforts. This wise father understands that the holes are a symbol of experience gained, and a life lesson learned.
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