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Jul
09

Do Fingers Grow Back?

bandageA man came out of his home to admire his new truck. To his puzzlement, his three-year-old son was happily hammering dents into the shiny paint.

The man ran to his son, knocked him away, hammered the little boy’s hands into a pulp as punishment. When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.

Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally  had to amputate the fingers from both the boy’s hands.

When the boy woke up from the surgery and saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, “Daddy, I’m sorry about your truck.” Then he asked, “but when are my fingers going to grow back?” The father went home and committed suicide.

Think about the story the next time you see someone spilled milk at a dinner table or hear a baby cry. Think first before you lose your patience and become angry with someone you love. Trucks can be repaired. Broken bones and hurt feelings often cannot. 

Too often we fail to recognize the difference between the person and the performance. People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.

Pause and ponder. Think before you act. Be patient.

Always remember: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ANGRY, BUT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE CRUEL.

UNDERSTAND AND LOVE.

“IN YOUR ANGER, DO NOT SIN.” (Ephesians 4:26)

(old forwarded email. Author unknown)

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11 Responses to “Do Fingers Grow Back?”


  1. 1 JEMSKI
    July 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    gosh, this is bothering! but it’s true! sometimes, we tend to say harsh words to people when we are angry or mad with something or someone, and we tend to forget that we hurt feelings on the long run. material things can be replaced but you can never get back what you have said or done.

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  2. July 30, 2009 at 4:37 am

    thanks for sharing this post, and for reminding us that we should always watch out what we say or do, in times of being angry.

    keep posting…

    btw, somebody copied your post in their blog. they pinged back though… but how fair is that???

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  3. 3 digitalcatharsis
    July 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    very true, indeed JEMSKI.

    yup, MARC, i hope to be able to continue posting inspirational entries. regarding the ping back, the original story is not rightfully mine anyways so i cant claim copyright for this. at least the guy who copied my post linked his blog here. and i still find honor that people drop by and like what they read even to the point of copying 🙂

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  4. March 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

    A story of two idiots. Like father, like son. herp derp. They both kind of deserved it.

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  5. 5 Shella Pokswinski
    June 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    magnificent blog Do Fingers Grow Back? digital catharsis

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  6. June 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

    ..I read this before from an email din..tama..ako minsan ganun din..padalos dalos..but when I beacame a mother parang I mellow down na din…also when my little sister made mistake minsan pag naiinis ako..i just suht my mouth na lang at nagpapakalma..hehehe..

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  7. June 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

    please add it to my shengkay account lang ha..hehehe
    thanks!

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  8. June 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    dapat ipapabasa ko itong post sa hubby ko… masyado kasing mainitin ang ulo nun… I really agree on that Broken bones and hurt feelings often cannot heal 😦

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  9. June 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I don’t think I can do that to my child even if he did something almost unforgivable. 😦 It’s another life lesson from your blog! Really inspiring!

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  10. 10 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Argh!! tinamaan ako…minsan nakakalimutan ko talagang kontrolin bibig ko sa mga anak ko….tsk tsk…

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  11. 11 Leah Lillywhite
    January 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Nicely done my friend

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