An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “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.”
DISCUSS: How do we feed our evil wolf?
Actions always start in the mind. If we think bad of others in any way, those thoughts transform into words and actions. Review the list above and think about how they affect our thoughts.
DISCUSS: How do we feed our good wolf?
Again it starts in the mind. If we think well of others, assume they don’t mean to offend or upset us, look for ways to serve others, realize that helping with chores and doing our homework helps make home a peaceful and kind environment, etc…, the good wolf gets stronger.
Our thoughts create our emotions which can take us up or down if we let them. Recognizing what emotions we are feeling can tell us what type of thoughts we are having. Next time you feel a negative emotion, consider what you’re thinking or doing and which wolf it’s feeding. You’ll be happier and healthier if you feed the good wolf.
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