#TBW (Throwback Monday) This week a contribution from Scott Olsen over at PropertySuite.co.nz. It has a very good lesson in it.
Once upon a time there was a boy with a very difficult character. His father gave him a bag full of nails and told him to drive one nail into the garden fence every time he loses his patience and/or has an argument with someone.
The first day the boy drove 37 nails in the garden fence.
In the following weeks, the boy learns to control himself and the number of nails driven into the fence gets lower every day: The boy discovers that it is easier to learn to control himself than to hammer nails in the fence.
At last, the day comes when the boy does not drive any nails into the garden fence. Then he goes to his father and tells him that today he did not need to hammer any nails. The father talks to his son in front of the fence and tells him: My son, you have behaved well, but look how many holes you have left in the fence.
It will never be the same. When you have an argument with someone and abuse them, you leave them with wounds like these ones in the fence. You can stab a man and then take the knife out, but you will always leave a wound. It does not matter how many times you say sorry, the scars will stay. A wound caused by words hurts just as bad as a physical wound.
A few lines to meditate…
Give people more than they expect.
Do not ever make fun of other people’s dreams.
Speak slowly, but think quickly.
If someone asks you a question that you do not want to answer, smile and ask him: “Why do you want to know?”
When you lose, do not miss the lesson – write it down.
Remember the Three R’s:
Smile when you answer the phone, who calls will be able to hear it in your voice. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want may be quite fortunate.
If you reached the end of this, you are truly amazing 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Monday Motivator.