The Wolves Within

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 wolf 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."


This is another version of the story:

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

I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.

But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy.  It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die.  I have struggled with these feelings many times."  He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me.  One is good and 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.

But the other wolf is full of anger.  The smallest 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 is so great.  It is helpless anger,for his anger will change nothing.

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

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."

This story illustrates that we all have different choices to make in our lives.  If you have suffered from injustice, hate, cruelty or pain, you have to decide if you want to carry it with you for the rest of your life  OR  if you want to live a life of peace and harmony.  You have the choice of how to respond to it.  You can choose to feed the wolf of chaos and confusion ... the wolf that devours your positive thinking, destroys your sense of self-worth and hungrily consumes your happiness and gratitude.  Or you can choose to feed the wolf of inner peace, calmness, positive thoughts and abundance.  The outcome is which wolf you decide to feed!

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