Cherokee Legend


I love this Cherokee legend. I have come across it several times in my Facebook newsfeed, and its simplicity and truth has remained with me in my day to day life:

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.”

This fight certainly is going on inside me on a day to day basis. I sincerely hope the second wolf is the one who is thriving. Some days I feed the bad one more than others. I could never hope to starve him completely, but I do hope the good wolf is the one who leads the way.

Namaste.

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4 thoughts on “Cherokee Legend

    • yes, it is about balance – that’s why I say I would never want the dark wolf to starve completely. But I prefer to reside in a state of gratitude and lightness, peace, forgiveness etc, rather than the qualities attributed to the dark wolf.

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