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Fable of the Porcupine

 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.  This way they covered and protected 
 themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest
 companions even though they gave off heat to each other. 
 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.  
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 of it, was the heat 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 the best is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others
and can admire the other person's good qualities.

Article posted on 4th of November 2010

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