Friday, December 10, 2010

The Teaching of the Porcupine

Many moons ago the Porcupine’s land suffered from the coldest winter ever. As the bitter cold continued many of the animals perished. The porcupines, realizing the dire situation, decided to group together. This way, they covered and protected themselves. Even though they gave off heat to each other, one of the consequences of coming together was that their quills wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves 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 come back together.  This way they learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the close relationship with their companion. But the most important part, was the life saving heat. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people; it is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.

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