I'm reminded of an old Cherokee legend as I reflect this morning. It's a story that's had a deep impact on my own life. I hope you find it of equal value...
"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 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.”"
The life of a Cherokee Indian would not have been an easy one. From a very young age, Cherokees were forced to learn how to survive nature's harsh reality. They were quickly given responsibilities that today would only be expected of experienced adults. Regardless of their situation, many of them still seemed to understand the importance of living a fulfilled and positive life.
As the legend suggests, I also believe we each have two wolves inside of us. Either we will become a man full of discipline, compassion, kindness, confidence, ambition and courage, or we will become a man full of laziness, hatred, disrespect, selfishness, pride and fear. There really is no middle ground; either we will be rising towards the positive or we will be slowly sinking towards the negative. It's something that takes constant effort. The beautiful thing is that we all have a choice. No one can force us to "feed" a specific attribute or habit; that decision is up to us.
I challenge you to feed the positive and thereby become a better person. Push yourself to improve every day; I know that you can.
Which wolf will you feed?
- Sir Wylde
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