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Lessons from a Porcupine

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Thursday, June 10, 2021


Growing up, our family had dogs. I remember Brownie. He was a lovable mixed breed that my Dad got at the dog pound. We loved Brownie and had a great time with him. That is, until the day that Brownie met the porcupine. He came home crying, with a mouth full of quills.

My Dad pulled the few quills out of his mouth, and we all gently pampered our pooch as he rested for the night. The next day, Brownie went back to settle the score with the porcupine, and got more quills than before. This was one fight that Brownie could not leave alone, and one that he could not win. Eventually, Brownie had to be euthanized because he could not stay away from the porcupine.

Sometimes I have been like Brownie, trying to win fights that I cannot win. There just doesn't seem to be a peaceful truce. The best thing I can do is keep my distance. The porcupines in my life are only doing what comes naturally to them. Sometimes limited contact or no contact is the best solution.
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