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.