Welcome to a new episode of smile of hope. People these days are nervous, apprehensive, stressed out, tense, and life is difficult for them. The episode smile of hope today is for the people who are extremely edgy, because of current events, life circumstances, traffic, or the heat. However, regardless to reason, the truth is people are very apprehensive. I will tell you a very beneficial story of how to overcome being edgy, and how to be very calm. When you are edgy,you being bothering others, sometimes your kids, wife, your neighbor, and sometimes be involved in road rage. You keep bothering and hurting others, and saying "what am I supposed to do, I'm very edgy?"
I’ll tell you the story of a father, whose son was always very apprehensive, and whenever anything happened he'd show great anger and would start slamming around and starting fights. The father told him "I'll teach you something". Anytime you become edgy, I want you to take this piece of wood and hammer a nail into it. Every time you hurt someone or become edgy, I want you to hammer a nail into it. It was apparent the son wanted to overcome his problem, because apparently he kept on losing a lot of people in his life. He brought the large piece of wood in his room as well as a hammer and nails, and every time he'd hurt someone he'd hammer in a nail-bang, bang, bang- for every instance – bang, bang bang. The first night, he put in 30 nails. He felt like he should reduce this number. The second night, this hands-on experiment caused him to reduce it to 20 nails. The third night he did 10 nails. The fourth night it was only 5 nails. After a week, he didn't put in a single nail. The idea of the hammer hitting the nail and making the loud bang-bang-bang noise hurt him and made him be careful, and he took the decision to stop bothering others. After that, he returned to his father, and his father told him "See how great you've become? I have a request for you; please remove the nails from the wood." The son responded "but these are too many nails in the wood." The father said, "No, you must remove the nails from the wood." The son removed the nails from the wood, and the wood was filled with holes.
The father told the son with great wisdom "you did this to the hearts and minds of those you aggravated with your edginess. Imagine all the holes in the hearts and minds of those you've bothered. You have left a scar in the hearts and minds of all those you've bothered. I wonder how many scars are in your wife's hearts and mind because of you? I wonder, young men and women: Are you hammering nails in your mother's hearts?
How can that be?
No no, can you imagine the holes in people's hearts because of the nails you hammered into them with your rough words and edginess? Can you stop hammering nails in people's hearts? Can you remember this story? Can you stop yourself, and beware of being edgy? If you can't control yourself then get the wood and the nails, and do this experiment. May God protect us, guide us, protect our homes, and help us be calm in these hard days. There is no smile of hope without being able to keep cool. Keep cool, and see a wonderful smile of hope.