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 warmth that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.
Source | Jacky Ford, Assemblies for Busy Teachers
(lulu.com, 2012) page 67
The best relationship 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.
There was a young man walking down the street and happened to see a old man sitting on his porch. Next to the old man was his dog, who was whining and whimpering. The young man asked the old man “What’s wrong with your dog” The old man said “He’s laying on a nail”. The young man asked “Laying on a nail?, Well why doesn’t he get up?” The old man then replied “It’s not hurting bad enough.”
Source | Les Brown, Live Your Dreams
(William Morrow Paperbacks, July 1994) page 194
PONDER AND CONSIDER
There are two reasons people make changes in their lives: inspiration or desperation. In the final analysis what really matters is not what happened to you but what you are prepared to do about it. Are you going to moan, groan, and complain, shrinking into fear or are you going to wake up, get up, and tap into the seeds of greatness and possibility within you?
- “To have something you’ve never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done.” | anon
- “If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you.” | Robert Collier
- “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.” | Henry Ford
- “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” | Anthony J. D’Angelo