Don’t feed the bad wolf

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, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.

The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, 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.”

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2 thoughts on “Don’t feed the bad wolf

  1. mundanebrain says:

    I thought Í’d already left a comment to this one, but if something went wrong, I’ll rewrite it; Very powerful legend!
    Where’d you find it? You have any Cherokee roots? I’m going to save it as a draft on my laptop! Thanks!

    • G says:

      I found it on tumblr – you can click through the link if you click the photo. I haven’t got any Cherokee roots, but I found that the legend really resonated with me too – I’ve been musing (as always) on the notions of choice and personal responsibility a lot over the last week.

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