An old Cherokee Indian 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.’

This is such a lovely story: so simple and yet so true. I think each and every one of us has these two wolves running around inside us.

The Evil wolf or the Good Wolf is fed daily by the choices we make with our thoughts. What you think about and dwell upon will in a sense appear in your life and influence your behavior.

The crucial question is “Which are you feeding today”?

Illustration based on The Queen’s Necklace, an Indian tale.

“Le cortège de Dalim Kumar […] arriva au palais; et le roi et la reine Suo allèrent à la rencontre de leur fils perdu depuis si longtemps. Inutile de dire à quel point leur joie était intense. Ils tombèrent dans les bras les uns des autres et se mirent à pleurer.”

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Something to Think About: Two Wolves

So today my therapist told me this old Cherokee tale:  

Chief: Inside each of us are two wolves. One that is vengeful, hungry, angry, and jealous. Another that is proud, courageous, loving, and caring. They are fighting each day in us to stay alive. 

Son: Which wolf wins in the end? 

Chief: The one that we feed.