I don’t know the source of this tale, but it’s one I needed to read and it found its way to me.
Grandson, why are you so full of hateful words?
Grandmother, because I am angry and I feel like saying what I want and who cares anyway, they are just words!
Grandson, here is a box of nails and a hammer. Go and every time you abuse someone or tease or say other hurtful things hit a nail into the fence.
Grandmother, I have used all the nails in your box what now?
Grandson, every time you say something nice to someone you have spoken badly to or even apologise for your words take a nail out of the fence.
Grandmother, I am finished but it took a lot longer to take them out then to hit them all in.
Yes, Grandson, and you see all these holes left behind from the nails?
Grandmother, of course I can see them..why do you ask?
Grandson, every time you hurt someone with words or deeds you make a hole in their hearts and leave scars you can’t see… so even when you apologize or do good deeds later, you remove the nails but a scar or hole remains and takes a lot more time to heal…