Tuesday, May 27, 2008

2 wolves legend

I've thought long and hard about today's post and actually started a few different drafts, but in the end I thought this would be best.
An elder Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest and sat them down and said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. This is a terrible fight and it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf is the wolf of fear, anger, arrogance and greed. The other wolf is the wolf of courage, kindness, humility and love.” The children were very quiet and listening to their grandfather with both their ears. He then said to them, “This same fight between the two wolves that is going on inside of me is going on inside of you, and inside every person.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked the chief, “Grandfather, which wolf will win the fight?” He said quietly, “The one you feed.”

There is a fight going on inside me and it has been for a little while now. I'm sure this is part of the 'growing' process, but it is none the easier. I do not want to feed the wrong wolf, but it seems difficult to coax the other wolf into eating what is on offer.

Which one will win..."the one you feed" replied the grandfather, but I believe it is the one with the biggest heart.

Do you ever feed the wolves or have you learned to subdue them?


Jenn said...

I think Gramps is right. If you feed anger, resentment, etc. by dwelling on it constantly and allowing it to run your life, it wins. However, if you try to put more of the other into your life and focus your energies on it, that wolf will win.

Good luck with your wolves. I try to feed the kindness one as much as possible to keep the other at bay.

Semi-Charmed Wife said...

Oh, the wolves... Yeah, I know this old battle. I totally get the "feed the wolves" thing. If I fill my days with activities and thoughts and entertainment that causes fear, anger, or greed, then I'm feeding the wolf. It takes a lot of self control to structure your entire life to feed the right wolf.

I hope everything's going OK--it seems like you're having a rough day. I'm cheering you on!