I found this wonderful Cherokee story about the two wolves and the ever-so-familiar fight they are having inside all of us, and I want to share it with you:
The Two Wolves
A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies.
The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth.
This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too.”
The children thought about it for a minute. Then one child asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The Cherokee elder replied…
“The one you feed.”
So the question is…which wolf do you feed most often?
This ancient wisdom speaks loudly to me. And, as I think about it, I must admit that lately I’ve been feeding almost equal parts of each wolf – sometimes even letting them feed each other. And that leaves the spirit in disharmony. Not a great thing.
Luckily we have the power to choose, at any given time, which wolf to feed more often. And today, I start by choosing to share this beautiful story of the wolves with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Aaah! The second wolf is smiling.
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November 24, 2007 by Ronnie Ann (updated 2013)