My grandmother used to tell me a story that her grandmother told her. It is an old Cherokee Legend that has been passed down through the generations – a bit of wisdom in story form. I smile at how well-known this story has become, but know it’s because of such a strong message presented in a simple and memorable way. The story goes like this:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is?” said 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, and ego.”
The grandfather continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, comfort, humility, kindness, patience, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
“What happens between the wolves?” the boy asked.
“Sometimes there are great battles that rage on for a long time,” the grandfather replied. “This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The boy thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The grandfather replied, “The one you feed.”
I have never forgotten the message in that simple story. It is a simple reminder that our thoughts become things. The choice is yours – which wolf will you feed?
Cherry Coley ©