Cherokee Parable

I have always enjoyed this story. It is something I try to keep in my daily thoughts as much as possible because I fight with┬ádecisions daily and I prefer to end my days positively having made sure that I helped someone else. When I handle my business by helping and uplifting others I have always received the same in return somewhere down the line. It is sometimes hard to master, but it’s worth the peace of mind.

So here it is…

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life.

He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil—he is fear, anger, rage, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.

The other is good —he is love, joy, greatness, peace, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”

How true this story is. There are these same two wolves within each of us, and multiple times throughout the day the fight goes on, and we are given the choice of which wolf to feed. Feed the evil wolf and your life will be everything you don’t want. Feed the good wolf and the heavens open up and give you everything you could ever desire.

The choice has always been yours. Choose wisely.