Porcupine huddle - cute, very cuddly

Relationships make the world go 'round

Relationships are integral to any human connection. They matter at every level within our lives. Virtually everything we do boils down to interacting with people: whether you’re a surgeon or a mother, relationships matter.

In health care, it’s easy for the importance of relationship to be overlooked. People will say ‘sure I’d like him to have a good bedside manner, but what’s really important is his surgical skill’. While surgical skill is undoubtedly key for any surgeon, relationships still make a difference. For example, the relationship between you and your health care provider determines what information gets shared. The relationship between a specialist and the rest of the surgical team may make a life-or-death difference in how well they work together in an emergency.

Relationships will never be perfect, but it’s the ongoing open communication and trust that allow collaborations and connection to thrive even amidst challenges.

The Fable of Porcupines is a great parable about how being close and forming relationships with others in our community can be challenging - but it beats the alternative. You can see from this story that sometimes we need to make compromises to make relationships work - and if we are unwilling to do that, no one wins.

Over to you

How did you feel reading The Fable of Porcupines? What thoughts or feelings did it bring to the surface for you?

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Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives

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