The Battle of the Two Wolves

Well, it’s a new year – a new decade, in fact, full of promise that whatever problems there may be in the past & present, the future will be a good one.

It’s tempting to sit here and muse about last year or the state of the world in general, but one of my resolutions for 2011 is to do more and think/talk/sweat the small stuff less – it’s too easy to waste time getting bogged down in the latter at the expense of the former.

So I’m just going to share a little something a friend of mine e-mailed a few weeks ago, which struck me as one of the most poignant and succinct spiritual passages I’ve ever read, and something I’ve resolved to think back to throughout this year whenever I find myself slipping into negative emotions. So without any further ado, a Red Indian Tale of Two Wolves…

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Happy New Year, everyone. Let this year be one where the good wolf totally prevails.

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