The legend of the two wolves

There is a Cherokee legend about an elderly brave who tells his grandson about life.

“Son,” he says, “Within all of us there is a battle of two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other wolf 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 of you, and inside every other person, too,” explained the wise Cherokee elder.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Story retrieved from this website!

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My wolves are always with me. My two sides of the same coin. Sometimes they fight, and hurt each other until they bleed. The fight is between their belief systems and the understanding of: good and bad, right and wrong, true or false. Is the fight for alpha supremacy, for winning and being right. The life though, is not at all black and white – is grey and colorful too.

When threatened by external forces, they team up, align their strength and thoughts, their beliefs and values and form a pack. They care for each other and have each other’s back no matter what is happening. Together are invincible.

Good and bad, right and wrong are parts of the same whole.

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The secret of a good life is to keep the balance, to allow and plan for their confrontation, to allow them to speak their truths, to allow them to be seen and heard and to give them the chance to feel and understand each other. This way they don’t have to harm one another. Right and wrong, good and bad are part of the same whole… and life is like a tasty cocktail of them all.

I am curious to find out which of your wolves do you feed and when?

Stay safe!
M.

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