The Tale of Two Wolves
I recently came across a Native American story called "The Tale of Two Wolves" where an old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. If you haven't heard this legend before, it goes like this:
“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.” ~Author Unknown
We all have two wolves inside of us. But it's up to us to choose which one to give into. Sometimes it's easier to feed the bad one because it requires less effort. But whether it's eating, exercising, your job, a hobby, parenting or anything in between, the irony is it'll end up costing you more in the long run.
This story serves as a reminder that you have the power to choose your thoughts and therefore your actions. Take away the blame you put on other people, places or things and you will take back control over your life. By doing so, you'll quickly realize the freedom you've had all along.
If you've been following along these past two weeks, the theme has been how the thoughts we think early in the day can affect how the rest of our day flows. So, to wrap that series up in one final bow, use this story as another tool to help you out of that negative spiral if you find yourself in one.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Ali Naglee Wellness