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The Tale of 2 Wolves

This is a Cherokee legend of on old man teaching his grandson about life, and the two wolves that reside within all of us. Many of you may have heard of this Native American legend. I find it very powerful in its simplicity. I often refer back to it when I feel my thoughts are out of balance or I just need a simple reminder of where to direct my focus. The festive season and all the chaos, stress and demands that surround it is the perfect time for this simple reminder and so I thought I’d share it with you as well.

This is a great youtube clip of the story if you have 4 minutes to spare… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cch7Uik6GOk

If not, here’s the story

 

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.”

 

And so personally this Christmas Season I want to focus on the joy of the season. To allow myself space and time to enjoy the simple rituals our family have embraced over the years that remind us that there’s more to the season than rush, stress and anxiety. And to step back occasionally and question, which wolf am I feeding.

How about you?

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