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The Wolves Within Us


A little story I heard…

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.”

We have the power to feed our souls in whatever way we please, but sometimes it’s hard to find the right food. We can search all around for the luscious fruits of life, but sometimes we can’t help but find ourselves tasting the rotten fruit too. Our world is full of unfortunate circumstances, but the way in which we react to them is what makes our life what it is.

Our number one goal as a human being is to pursue happiness and love, whether we are conscious of that pursuit or not. It is said that all humans come from pure goodness, and it is our environment that influences us otherwise. We start on this earth as peaceful beings, with only love and curiosity for this unknown world. Some of us are lucky enough to be fed happiness and love from the beginning of our lives, while some of us are not. No matter which we are fed, we still always have a craving to be happy. Although some of us forget the need for happiness and leave it buried deep down inside, there still lies a natural instinct to want it. Love is something we are born with, it is within us all. Some of us just need to battle a little harder to find it.

As we grow and gain consciousness of ourselves, it is important to learn and understand the difference between the good and evil that can exist in our life. We have the power of choice to allow either into our lives. There will always exist two wolves within us, unless we make a diligent effort to strengthen one of them.

As humans we are thrown into hundreds of different situations each day. Both beautiful and ugly days arrive, and there are influences from the universe that test us constantly. Every day we must make a choice to see the beauty in each day, rather than the beast. If we entertain the beast, and feed it with more negativity, it will only allow the beast to grow.

Let’s take a look at an example from my life. Just recently my boyfriend and I decided to take a bike ride to Central Park. It was a sunny Sunday, blue skies and the perfect breeze. I was so pumped that we were given such a perfect day. We begin our ride, we make it over the bridge and we arrive at Central Park. I couldn’t wait to find a field and sit in the sun. We start riding towards the meadow, and I notice my tire is flat (the first signs of my evil wolf arrive). I immediately scream in anger, I am so annoyed that my perfect day is not so perfect anymore. Now, if I would’ve remembered the choice I had to feed my good wolf, all would’ve been fine. I would’ve laughed it off, realized it’s still a beautiful day, and a flat tire is a quick and easy fix that I could run to a shop and get done. Unfortunately, I let my anger get to me, I slipped into unconsciousness, and started feeding my evil wolf even further. I started playing victim. I said to my boyfriend “why does this always happen to me? This is postponing our whole day, it’s the last thing I want to do. I’m so annoyed. Of course this happens on the weekend where we just want to relax and have fun.” The beast starts growing and it’s eating every bit of negativity I throw out to it. I pout for about 5 minutes, and of course that does nothing for the situation. Luckily, I had my boyfriend with me, who was outside of the situation and able to recognize the wolf taking over me. He helped me step outside the situation and made me realize how ridiculous I was being. My anger was doing nothing to help the situation at all, it was just making me feel worse. After realizing this, I pulled myself out of it, and started to feed the good wolf with positive statements (“this will only take 20 minutes to fix”, “at least I was able to ride all the way to the park”, “it’s just a flat tire, it’s not the end of the world”). Slowly I felt myself becoming more at peace.

Situations arise every day, whether they’re something so simple and mundane as a flat tire or something more pressing such as getting laid off or losing a loved one. No matter what the situation is, if we remember to feed the good wolf, we will notice that the situation influences us in a much more positive and light-hearted way. The wolves within us are always hungry, for whatever it is that you have to feed it. If we make a conscious decision to feed each wolf properly, it will grow to become a very beneficial contributor to our lives. Feast on love and happiness, fast on negativity, and you will see beauty beginning to grow within you. Try it, and Let me know what you think.



One thought on “The Wolves Within Us

  1. I heard this story a long time ago and it has always stayed with me. In any moment we choose whether to feed the negative or nurture the positive, and that applies to the people around us. Do we emphasise their faults or focus our attention on what is good in them.
    The less attention we pay to what is “wrong” in our world, the more we will see the beauty in ourselves and in others and we will live in a state of appreciation and gratitude naturally.

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