The fable of the echidna 41



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It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.

The echidnas, realising 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 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. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

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.

The moral of the story is: just learn to live with the pricks in your life!


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  1. Yes you are right Jennifer I have. Family tree of as… H…. S so you see I would sooner freeze to death. Then ask any of my or my husbands family for help. Husbands dislikes his family more than I dislike mine sorry he brought them into this world.

  2. With the hurt being so deep forgiveness would give me peace but unfortunately I’m not there yet. Would appreciate the release but just can’t find it in my heart!

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    • I usually don’t hold grudges, but if my 2nd husband was still alive, I would be figuring out ways to dispose of him. It’s because of him my son died, that’s hate I still have to this day. I don’t need release from that one, I couldn’t forgive him for that.

    • Jennifer I know what you mean my so died at 19 I blame my husband but karma got him and got him good

    • By not forgiving you are becoming the victims. Forgiveness does not mean that you agree with the action but you will find peace within yourself

    • I’ve been told that many times Doreen and my head gets it but my heart won’t cooperate. Maybe one day. Thank you for the reminder…

    • I live a peaceful life with my remaining 4 kids and 14 grand-children, and to be honest, the day my ex husband died was the day I knew my life would be better. I know that sounds cruel, but after what he put us through before he left, that’s the best thing he ever did for us.

  3. What a brilliant story, I’m sharing this with everybody I know and love. Thank you. Wx

  4. If only we could live together and forgive our neighbours as the echidna more often….wouldn’t th world be a better place

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