It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions even though they gave off heat to each other.
After a while, 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. This way they learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the close relationship with their companion, but the most important part of it, was the heat that came from the others.
This way they were able to survive.
Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but the best is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities."
I love this, it was sent to me by my best friend I spoke about 2 weeks ago who does have a few pricks that I have to learn to accept. In reality I have accepted them for the most part because we have been in each other's lives for 20 years. I love her dearly and promise to do what I can to support her through her troubles and negative views on life but I also promise not to let her disposition negatively affect me. I do admire the fact that she is a honest person, she is really funny and the life of the party at times and would always run to my side when I need her.
So think about the pricks in your life. Not the jerks that come and go each day but the pricks that are part of your circle of family and friends. Keep in mind their positive qualities, the ones that keep you warm when your feeling alone and chilly. Overlook those barbs when you can and take a breather too in the relationship in order to re-energize...