...I got this in an email and thought I would share.
A Good Story for Great Friends.....
Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence!
There once was a little girl who had a bad temper.
Her mother gave her a bag of nails and told her that
every time she lost her temper, she must hammer a nail
into the back of the fence.
The first day the girl had driven 37 nails into the fence.
Over the next few weeks, as she learned to control her anger,
the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.
She discovered it was easier to hold her temper than to drive
those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the girl didn't lose her temper at all.
She told her mother about it! and the mother suggested that the
girl now pull out one nail for each day that she was able to hold
The days passed and the young girl was finally able to tell her
mother that all the nails were gone. The mother took her daughter
by the hand and led her to the fence.
She said, "You have done well, my daughter, 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 person 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,
Please forgive me if I have ever left a hole in your fence.