My Dad sent me an email today with one of those “chain-mail-like” titles… “Two Wolves.” I usually put these things to the side until the end of the day, but I decided to read this one instead. I’m glad I did. So much so that I feel compelled to share it with you.
One evening an old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life:
“A terrible fight is going on inside me. The same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person too. It is a fight between two
The first wolf speaks to me of Evil – anger, guilt, shame, envy, resentment, self-pity, dishonesty, self-doubt and ego.
The other wolf speaks to me of Good – joy, peace, love, serenity, self-confidence, courage, kindness, humility, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
Wide-eyed, the young boy thought about this, then asked his grandfather:
“But which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied: “The one I feed”.
The amount of time we dedicate to any thought process is limited. We get to choose how we direct that thought every day. Yes, sometimes it’s hard when life seems to beat you down… but, that doesn’t mean that we should give in to the negativity.
If I have 16 hours of active thought today, that time will be spent regardless of whether I’m focused on the good or the bad. While it’s perfectly human to get down – we should make an effort to maintain a balance… and, hopefully, side on the part of good.
What do you think? How do you maintain a positive attitude? How do you appeal to your inner “Good” wolf?
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