The Fable of the Porcupine – Learning to Live with Pricks!

September 16, 2013, by , Posted in Best Practices,Blog, 3 Comments

When I think about the last few years and the personal and professional transformation I have been going through, I often searched for words to describe it…. this fable definitely covers all of those feelings – pain, fear, prickles, loneliness, uncertainty, and so much more. Then, as my heart opened, other emotions were able to flood in – love, warmth, contentment, joy, focus, confidence, self-love and so much more…..

Can you relate to 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. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, 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 moral of the story is:

Just learn to live with the Pricks in your life!

UPDATE since originally posted – 

Over the last few years I have experienced more pricks then I ever care to in a lifetime! And while, at the time, they were painful, today I understand why I had to be inflicted by them – so I learned new skills, talents, strategies and tactics for dealing with all type of pricks….and they have varied; from financial to mental to physical to professional and more. And truly, what doesn’t kill you, certainly makes you stronger with a thick skin!

What ways have you just learned to live with the pricks?

3 Responses to “The Fable of the Porcupine – Learning to Live with Pricks!”

  1. Ariana says:

    Thats a hedgehog, not a porcupine. Just letting you know, no hate 🙂

  2. Brie says:

    Why would you give away the moral of the story by adding it to the end of your link?

    • Morning Brie, thanks for your insight.
      Regarding the moral of the story… it was more about my takeaway of the story of what I learned from it, then what the author of the story may have intended; simply to provide my take on it.

      I expect folks would draw their own conclusion but i am here to provide insights should they want it.

      I so appreciate your input, thank you.

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