How often have you been victimized by anger, hate, suspicion, malice and other such behavioural irregularities? Very often, last evening, this morning, this afternoon, just now? All of us are consumed by these fleeting emotions at some point or the other. The next time you are consummated by such `bouts of madness’, just think about this interesting story.
Young Paul had a very bad temper. He fought with almost everyone at his workplace, he hardly had any friends and neighbours too were wary of him. Realising that things are going out of hand Paul’s mother advised him to hammer a nail into the backyard tree every time he got into a foul mood.
On the first week Paul drove in about a dozen nails a days. The number scaled down to half a dozen the following week. The week after that it was restricted to an erratic two and three during the week. Finally, by the end of the month Paul was able to completely control his temper and there were no more nails in the tree.
Impressed by his progress, Paul’s mother asked him to remove one nail a day. At the end of the second month there were no more nails in the tree. Paul’s mother took him to the tree and said, “look at the tree son, it is sieved with holes. You did this with the nails. Like this tree and its bleeding wounds caused by the nails, your words too cause lacerating holes in people’s hearts that no amount of sorrys can mend. Be careful before using harsh words again, you may not have a chance to say sorry….”