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The boy with a bad character

Courtesy: Christian Godefroy

There once was a boy with a very bad character. His father gave him a box of spikes and told him to hammer one into the garden fence every time he lost his patience and got into an argument with someone.

The first day the boy hammered 37 spikes into the fence. Over the next few weeks he began learning to control himself, and the number of spikes he had to hammer diminished day by day. He had discovered that exercising self control was a lot easier than hammering spikes.

Finally the day arrived when the boy didn't hammer any spikes into the fence.

He went to see his father and told him that he hadn't had to nail any spikes that day at all.

His father told him to pull a spike out of the fence every day he didn't lose temper.

Days passed, and finally the boy was able to inform his father that all the spikes had been removed. The father walked with his son over to the fence and said: "My son, you have done well, but look at all the holes in the fence. It will never be the same as it was before.

"When you fight with someone and say terrible things, you create wounds just like these holes. You can stick a knife into someone and then pull it out, but the scar will always be there. No matter how many times you say you're sorry, the scar will remain."

A wound caused by words is as bad as a physical wound. Friends are like precious jewels, they make you smile, they encourage you, they're there to help you and listen to you when you're in need. They offer you support, and open their hearts to you.

Show all your friends how important they are to you by sending them this letter. Also send it back to the person you got it from. That way, when you get it back you'll know you have a circle of friends.

"You don't live on what you eat, but only on what you digest. This is true for your mind as well as for your body."

Benjamin Franklin

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