Which Wolf Will You Feed?

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One evening an old Cherokee 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 thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Excerpt from: You Are Not Alone – by Frances Black

A friend sent this to me this morning and when I read it the first thing that popped into my head was the healing of our minds spiritually. There is a growing movement toward positivity which I wholeheartedly embrace because I believe that is the message God sends to us. I don’t believe that God wants us to be unhappy and I believe that is clearly outlined in every spirituality. I have yet to see one where the goal is unhappiness. Most unhappiness we bring on ourselves.

When we turn our attention and focus to what we want to be or the change we want to see in our lives that is what we will see the most of. That is a way of feeding the “wolf” we choose to feed. If we want to be happy then we feed that “wolf”. We “give” positive. If we want to experience life in the negative we feed the negative. Everything needs fuel to grow, whether a belief, a living creature, or an idea. Without the fuel it withers. If there is no fuel to feed it in the first place it wouldn’t live. Unfortunately there are those that continue to believe by being, doing and experiencing the negative they can bring to themselves positivity and love.

This is the direction given to us. To love, to do what is “right” and to follow the commandments laid out, to resist or turn away from that which is not positive. In today’s society those 10 Commandments should be aptly named The 10 Secrets to a Happy Life. It’s true isn’t it? Think about it. Seriously.

We can not force others to want happiness nor can we force others to admit that living a positive life feels better. On some level every being knows that it does. We can lead and we can feed the “wolf” that inspires the positive aspects of life.

All of the positive becomes possible when we believe and have faith in God,  in a power greater than ourselves. Greater than ourselves because we can not define it. Greater than ourselves because God is. The very knowledge that we have allows us that great concept. It’s a paradox really. It is our inability to describe and define God that give us the knowledge that He is greater than ourselves.

Which wolf are you going to feed today? Will you feed the good wolf or the bad wolf? I recommend the good wolf, it is my experience that in feeding a bad wolf you’ll get your hand bit, and that doesn’t feel good to anyone.

 ©Adrienne McLeod 2011

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About Adrienne M

I am Canadian born, for those of you needing clarification. I was raised in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Multiple Musical Geniuses,Lake Wobegon, and really really cold winters. I now reside in rural Ontario, Canada with my husband and four beautiful children. I love to write, ponder and give back what I have learned in my journey with the hope that it will benefit others! www.spiritualitythinkaboutit.org www.12stepsthinkaboutit.org

One comment

  1. This post carries a great message. I’ve heard this story retold in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Creating True Peace.

    I really am looking forward to exploring your blog, and invite you to mine :) ~blessings and peace

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