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Guest writer, Lisa Sheldon

An elderly Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.


He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, understanding, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”


His grandson thought about it for several minutes and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”


The old man replied, “The one you feed.”


This story was sent to me by a friend several years ago and I have no idea who the original author may be, but the truth of this little tale really hit home with me. It is like the parables of the Bible, a story that teaches a powerful lesson.


I keep this handy and read it as a reminder that I am the one who chooses the wolf that reacts to a situation or a comment or a challenge in life.


If something does not go my way, do I let the evil wolf react with anger or resentment? Or do I let the good wolf react with understanding and kindness. The choice is mine. I discovered a long time ago that if I react with the virtues of the good wolf, I feel better during the situation and after the fact. If I react with the characteristics of the evil wolf, I feel regret and frustration.


My reactions affect more than me. They affect the people I am dealing with and all those I love and who depend on me. Knowing all this, the choice to always react within the positive virtues should be easy. That evil wolf lives in all of us and sometimes that snap of envy or the ease of self-pity arise without warning. Vigilance is required.


Which one will we feed, nurture and foster? Only we can decide for ourselves.


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