Nail 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 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 (religious brothers especially) are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.
You are all my friends and I am honored!
Please forgive me if I ever left a hole in your fence…………….
She limped to the medical store tightly holding her shivering baby close to her bosom. She should get some medicine for the baby or he may not live. She has only a few coins left from yesterday's earnings and are not sufficient for any medicine. She trusted there would be some way out.
The man at the medical store not only didn't give her attention, but also tried twice to drive her away. After all, how can they allow this woman at their store? She is a beggar, she stinks, and she is dirty. She begged the man to give some medicine for her child. She put all her coins on the counter and pleaded.
The man looked at the baby and felt pity. He tossed a couple of paracetamol tablets on the table and took two coins - the price of the medicine and signaled her to leave.
She took the tablets, and the two remaining coins. As she turned to leave, she saw a collection box with the picture of a baby in tears stuck on it. With tears in her eyes, she deposited those two coins in it, kissed her baby, and walked away.
The baby was already feeling better.
… here is a story you can perhaps remember when times are tough.
What If You Are A Shipwrecked On An Island?
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed to be rescued, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened and everything he had was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. He cried out with anger not understanding how or why this terrible thing had again happened to him.
Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?", asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
The lesson is that it is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we need to hang in there and hold on through the tough times - there is usually something good on its way.
... let me share with you this story:
The Deaf Frog
A group of frogs was traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.
He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?"
Other frogs later found out that this frog was deaf. He did not hear to their yelling. In fact the deaf frog thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
When people pull you down from your journey of dreams, it helps sometimes to turn deaf ear to them.