Once upon a time, there was a little boy who had a bad temper.
One day his father gave him a hammer, a bag of nails and a wooden block. He told the boy that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the wooden block. The first day the boy had driven 23 nails into the block. Over the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually reduced. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the wood.
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 wooden block. He said “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the wood. The block 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. Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.
The boy kept looking at the wooden block and the holes in it. He never got angry after that day.