There’s a Cherokee story about two wolves, and it serves as an excellent parable. It goes something like this:
One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave 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 though about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “the one that you feed.”
I heard this story a long time ago and it’s always stuck with me. The last line of the story often floats to the surface of my mind, and I’ve seen it popping up in more and more places recently.
With this story appearing more and more in the last few months — I’ve seen the whole thing printed on restaurant menus, I’ve found podcasts named after that last line, I’ve seen recognizable pieces of the whole in art and on t-shirts and random places online — I took it as a sign that I needed to pay closer attention to the message than I have in the past. Continue reading