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Old 10-24-2007, 08:30 AM
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My dad sent me this e-mail last week and I don't think I have ever heard anything so true. I hope you like it and it helps everyone!

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NAILS IN THE FENCE
(Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.)


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. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one."
Friends 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.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:27 AM
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(((((((((((nevergivingup)))))))))) read your name. apply it.you are going to be ok.i am glad u r going to get some professional help. i hope u will come back & let us know how u r .hugs & prayers,
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:20 PM
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Never,

I hope you're doing better. I think about you every time I pop on here, and hope you're learning things about yourself that are helping you grow. I know that it made all the difference in the world for me, and I only wish MY mom had had the strength to get help.

You're a helluva smart woman, and I know YOU know the nature and the risk of public online forums...we all have the responsibility for "taking what we need and leaving the rest" or else we'll all go cuckoo. The writer of the offending post is human and fallible, has apologized ten ways to Sunday and left the forum, and it would be great if we could just move on, in my humble opinion.

Love and hugs to you

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