Food for Thought.

Have you ever heard the Fable of the Porcupine?  If not, let me share it with you:

"It was the coldest winter ever and many animals died because of the cold. Some porcupines, realizing the gravity of the situation, decided to group together to share warmth. This way they were better covered and protected; however - the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After a while they decided to distance themselves one from the other and soon after 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 accept the little wounds that were caused by these close relationships, in order to benefit from what their companions offered. It was this way that they were able to survive and thrive." -- Author unknown

I read this fable, randomly, in a Credit Management Publication that I receive bi-weekly at work.  I have no idea who the originator of this fable is, but usually I glance over the headlines in these publications, and maybe skim through them at best. However this one caught my eye, and I read through it twice.

I'm sure this fable is very old and probably well-known, though I had not heard it before.  I can't help but synchronize how well it's fits into our society today -- especially with all the devastation/"hate" we're hearing about in the media -- from the presidential election, to the civil war in Syria, right down to our own family qualms, whatever they may be...

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How wonderful would this world be if we could each learn to live with each other's imperfections and accept the gifts they have to offer?  If we could be truly united, and not pass judgement on one another?  If we could focus on each other's strengths, instead of weaknesses?  I know, easier said than done -- but definitely food for thought.

Happy Monday friends, hope your week is off to a good start!

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