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- A Little Boy: He has anger management issues.
- Boy’s father: A wise person who teaches and helps his son.
The lesson ‘A Whole in the Fence’ is about a young boy who couldn’t control his anger and ended up hurting people. His parents were worried about him and thought of a plan to make him realize the hurt he’s been causing.
The parents were worried about their son’s anger problems
There was a boy who lived with his parents in a small village. He had a bad temper and his parents were worried about him as he had no friends because of it. His parents advised him many times to control his anger but he didn’t pay attention.
His father had an idea and give his son a bag of nails and a hammer, he told him to hammer a nail into the fence every time he loses his temper. The boy did as he was asked and hammered almost thirty nails on the first day. After a few days the number of nails started decreasing and eventually in the next few weeks, he managed to control his anger and found it easier than hammering a nail.
Words hurt and leave a scar
Finally, a day came when the boy did not lose his temper at all. He didn’t hammer any nail into the fence. When he informed his father, he gave him one more task which is to pull out the nails for each day so that he didn’t lose his temper. The days passed and the boy pulled out all the nails off the fence.
The father asked the boy to do this to prove to him that after he hammered and pull out the nails, it left behind holes in the fence and that the fence can never be as it was in the beginning. Similarly, the things said in anger leave scars and no amount of sorry can fix it as the harsh words hurt as if stabbed with a knife.
Friends and family are a very important part of our lives, they make us smile and laugh. So, one must be careful with words if they do not want to lose them.
Speaking before you think is a bad habit that can get you into trouble and hurt you in the most important areas of your life. Relationships will suffer or end, your career will be stalled at a level far below your talents, and most importantly, you will have little confidence in yourself.