The Fable of the Porcupines

It was the coldest winter ever.  Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm.  This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.  After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen.  So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.  Wisely, they decided to go back to being together.  They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth that came from the others.  This way they were able to survive.

Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your relationships right now? How open are you to the care and influence of others (even if it comes with a  few quills)? What can you do this week to restore/forgive/reconcile/celebrate relationships in your life?

8 Replies to “The Fable of the Porcupines”

  1. I love a good analogy, and that really touched me. In fact, I might even steal it and use it in school. The kids are always falling out. I’m going to make sure they accept each other’s imperfections! 😀


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