Which wolf do you feed?

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A Cherokee Legend

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him angry at a friend who he felt had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story...

I too, at times, have felt a great resentment for those who have taken so much,with no seeming sorrow or remorse for what they do. I have struggled with these feelings many times." He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me engaged in a challenging conflict."

"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing."

He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. He does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

Sometimes, it is a challenge to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit. The same challenge 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."

Do you ever stop to ponder....which wolf inside of you do you feed more?

I, personally, make it my intention to nourish the "good" wolf while being compassionate and accepting of the "bad" wolf because they both exist within me...and denying either one of them only makes it more passionate to make its existence known. (ie The Shadow Effect) Everything that happens in life provides me with an opportunity for growth. I think the challenge at times is whether or not I am willing to listen to both wolves and see what lesson they are teaching me together.

#feed #wolf
  • Profile picture of the author scortillion
    What a great story! I can relate to it as well, if you dwell on the negative you become negative, if you look for and dwell on the positive you become the positive…

    Great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zentech
    I like the two wolves story. It's a classic and much better than most of the "inspirational" stuff out there these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author scortillion
    I agree, using the wolves helps you relate better I feel. Then again it might just may be that way for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author el-chucklebuck
    Thanks for sharing this stellar story. It offers a fresh way of looking at our inner selves.

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  • Profile picture of the author scortillion
    After reading this again it reminds me when I get angry, if I keep focused on the problem, or insult, or the negative I get more and more angry. In a sense you just feed your anger until it consumes you.
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