I’m So Mad Right Now!
Thirteen years old Guy Biggs had a bad temper. Any little thing would set Guy off. Guy’s parents had no idea where all the anger was coming from, but they were getting fed up with Guy’s outburst. One day while helping his father put up a fence his dad had enough of Guys angry outburst and he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence.
That day Guy must have been pretty upset because he had driven 30 nails into the fence. Yet, over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered gradually dwindled down. Since hammering was a little difficult for him at his age, he had discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally, the day came when Guy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that Guy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and Guy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. His father took him 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.”
Moral: You can put a knife in a man and pull it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.