Friday, August 14, 2009

Mind your tongue !

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

There was once 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 back 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 took 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. "

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said "I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you."

"Of course I can," said the father.
Practice consideration in your speech as well as your actions and when you feel tempted to speak harshly, control that impulse and talk calmly instead. Let no hear harsh words from you. speak little, speak sweetly, speak only when there is pressing need, speak only to those whom you must. Do not shout or raise your voice in anger or excitement. Speak on a topic that is of interest to the other person. Listen twice as much as you speak since God has given two ears but only one tongue.


  1. Hey Zindagi, it feels great to see one more post here. And I must say you have chosen the right one. Thanks so much for putting it all here. Keep up the good work and do keep in touch :)