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Confession: I Am a Porcupine

Aug 02, 2023 / Relationships and Communication     

I confess; I’m a porcupine…at least sometimes. The average porcupine has about 30,000 sharp quills that it raises up and shoots into another animal, or person, when it feels threatened or gets angry. Like a porcupine, when one of my trigger points is pulled, I can get pretty prickly, ornery and downright cranky.  One of those trigger points is unmet expectations. When I build up crazy high expectations for myself or others that are almost impossible to meet, I find myself feeling prickly when they don’t get done.  When I do, I might inflict some poisonous words on a person I love. And I can’t blame anyone but myself. Read about my journey as a porcupine



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