One of my favorite stories comes from an old Indian Legend:
A Cherokee Legend
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
So much in life we can control with our attitudes and outlooks. Sometimes it is so easy to be kind and humble, but other times it is such a struggle, especially when we know that we are right. Each new day presents us with the decision….’which wolf will I feed today?’ The ironic part is that when we feed our ‘me’ wolf, it leads to arrogance, pride, suffering and lonliness. Being ‘right’ all the time can isolate you from others who are and admit they are flawed. Humility leads to unity. As I attempt to feed my ‘good wolf’ today, I find others who struggle to do the same. In the unity and solidarity with my companions on this journey I find that we not only feed our own ‘good wolves’ but we can begin to feed each other’s.
I enjoyed reading this today. It has so much food for thought. I pray that on any given day I feed the “right wolf” but I often fall short. I’m thankful on those days for grace and second chances.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks Bernadine, yes, that old legend is worth pondering and it will stay with you for a while. I liked your phrasing, “food for thought”
Wonderful. Thank you, Andie. This goes into my quote book!