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.
What we learn is:
In this world, no two people are hundred percent compatible with each other. Moreover, we can’t live in isolation. To survive, we have to live in the society, we have to live with the family. So, we have no choice, but to be patient with others accept them as they are. We need to adjust with them and at times we will have to compromise also, but with compassion. Certain things we may have to tolerate and at times we have to sacrifice for the sake of relationship. These are needed for the sustenance of any relationship.
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but rather, when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.
“maatraa-sparshaas tu kaunteya sheetoshna-sukha-duhkha-daah /
aagamaapaayino nityaah taams titikshasva bhaarata /”
(“The contacts of senses with the objects, O son of Kunti, which cause heat and cold, pleasure and pain, have a beginning and an end; they are impermanent, transitory, fleeting; endure them bravely, O descendant of Bharata.)”
– Bhagavad Geeta, Ch. 2, v 14
Just learn to live with the little pin-pricks in life!