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 heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

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.

Moral: Like the porcupines, for the larger good, learn to live with the minor “pricks” in your life.


  1. I LOVE this story! Heard it before, but now, and especially in light of a parable my husband and I created back and forth a few weeks ago during a period of relationship growth (read: PAINFUL TIME). Essentially, I had been focusing on the wounds he was carrying, blaming them for coming between us and fearful of getting too close again for not wanting to get “pricked.” Once I shifted my focus to LOVE, it took the power from the wounds and I was able to share how I was really feeling. He said something so beautiful then….about tearing open his shirt to reveal not gaping wounds, but scars and callouses that would one day fade. ❤

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