The Fight of Two Wolves Within You
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:
The old Cherokee simply replied,“The one you feed.”The Fight is Eternal
The first part of the story is telling us that we can never get rid of the first wolf, the first wolf will always be there. The fight between two wolves is #eternal
Both wolves will always be there. This applies to our #emotions
, and every other aspect of our life.
The truth is that none of us is living in pure bliss. What we can do is to act in spite of those negative feelings or hard times. We can take those fears, those worries, those doubts and move forward anyway. That’s how you feed the second wolf.
Imagine if we’re paralyzed by the first wolf, by doing nothing, accomplishing nothing, and getting nowhere. We’d lose the momentum to move forward and indirectly we’d be feeding the evil wolf!
Besides, what will you be doing by telling yourself you haven’t accomplished anything? How will you feel when you get nothing done all the time? You won’t just stop at where you are; you’ll be moving backward! And the evil wolf will get stronger day by day.Feed The Right Wolf
One truth to remember is that it’s so much easier to #feed
the first wolf – the first wolf is there to encourage the easier options in life. It’s easier to complain, procrastinate, dismiss, ignore and give up. There is almost no effort required to do those things, and you’re getting the reward with the sensation of relieving and instant gratification without much an action.
The second wolf is very different; it’s picky, it’s harder to feed. It’s challenging, tiring and time-consuming to do things like learning, teaching, inspiring, sharing or simply sticking to a new behavior. These things take so much energy, effort, momentum, and guts. And you don’t usually see immediate results from them.
Which wolf you choose to feed will define who you are, and we all know we should feed the second wolf, even if it’s harder. Feeding the second wolf is how we end up feeling a sense of accomplishment and success at the end of the day. By conquering the temptation of the first wolf we opt for a much more challenging, but right, option in life.Feeding Both Wolves
In the Cherokee world, however, there’s another version of the story and it ends this way: