This story is about the era of the Ice Age and animals were dying.  The porcupines realising the situation decided to group together to keep warm so as to protect one another and survive

Unfortunately, their spiky quills made it uncomfortable to stay in such close proximity, so they dispersed.

Of course, this left them exposed to the elements and they started to freeze to death, one after the other, until they realised that they needed to make a significant choice.

“Stay apart and die, or tolerate and accept their fellow porcupines’ thorns and survive.”

Wisely, they chose to stay together, knowing that the small wounds that they received from each other was worth it in the end.

As humans we can hypothetically say we are like ‘porcupines’ – we have character and personality ‘spikes’!

  •   We are prickly and so often find a way to offend and take offense to those around us.
  •   Sometimes, it can become so unbearable that we wish we could live in isolation, protected from the barbs of others.

Frankly, we are created to be social beings; to be in communication with one another in all spheres of life, and being left alone only decreases our standard of living.

The next time you are hurt by the ‘prickly’ nature of one of your fellow ‘porcupines’, remember that you have spikes as well and can be just as challenging to live with.

This can also be applied to the workplace – the best group 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 to make for inter & intra personal relationships crucial to the success of the Organization.

Let’s learn to live with the sharp quills of others and hope and pray that those around us can learn to live with ours.


Laila St. Matthew-Daniel

culled from Google and edited.