The Battered Fence – Universal Story

The Battered Fence

There was once a little boy who lost his temper at the slightest provocation. He would rage and rant, abuse everyone and throw a tantrum. All the advice his parents gave, was of no use.

It was then that his father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he should hammer a nail in the back fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. The fence was strong and thick and it was no mean task to drive a nail through it. The boy discovered that it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence, hence, the number dwindled. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all.

In the process, he realised how peaceful his life had become. When he told his father about it, the father suggested that the boy now pull out nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. That did not take too long as the boy had now learnt to be anger free.

Taking him to the fence, the father said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same again.”



The story reflects that anger makes one peaceless and leaves many scars. Even after one has been able to conquer their anger, the marks are still left. Shedding anger all together is the key to a peaceful and joyous life.



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