The Fable of the Porcupine... a cold, winter's night tale, related by E.P. Lee




The Fable of the Porcupine...

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.    

By grouping they covered and protected themselves, keeping all warm. There was a big problem though as the "quills" on each wounded their closest companions. So, after a while, they decided to distance themselves from one another. Soon they began to die from the cold, alone and frozen. 

They had to make a choice then; either accept the quills of their companions, or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. The porcupines learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship they had with their companions in order to receive the life saving heat that came from the others.

And they were able to survive.

This goes to show us that the best relationships are not the ones that brings together perfect people, but the ones where beings learn to live with the imperfections of others.


The moral of the story is:

Learn to live with the little pricks in your life.