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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Parable - The Wolf You Feed

The Wolf You Feed

An elder Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."

"This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too", he added.

The Grandchildren thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied... "The one you feed."

1 comment:

Pam said...

I shared this story when I substitute taught in a class of high school kids who had behavioral and/or emotional issues (taking out any religious elements). Then when one of the boys started struggling with behavior and frustration later that morning I quietly whispered to him, "Which wolf are you feeding?" He thought about it for a minute and calmed down.