Are your relationships like cold porcupines?

6 March 2020:

German philosopher Schopenhauer once asked his readers to imaging porcupines huddling together for warmth. As they move closer, their quills force them apart; but then the cold drives them closer; and then their quills force them apart; back and forth.

As Schopenhauer explained, they are at the mercy of their discomforts until they find that space which maximizes warmth and minimizes pain.

With that mental picture firmly planted, answer this:

  • What important relationship changed this week?
  • Did it change to maximize warmth and/or to minimize pain?
  • If neither, what are you going to do about it?
  • Or will you keep the relationship at the mercy of your quills?