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.”
During law school (um ya I never mentioned that I was lawyer but now you know) I went through a really difficult time. After undergrad I went through a horrible break up and then immediately started law school, which is hell in itself. As Elle Woods would say, like law school is so vile. It was during this time that I found yoga and discovered the healing powers it offered for both the body and the mind. I was at a class at Cleveland Yoga when the instructor (Amy Schneider) told the story quoted above. It is a simple story, yet powerful. I wanted to share this story with you to remind you that during your darkest days or during difficult moments in life to always remember you have the power within you to change the scenario. It sounds silly to say we choose to be happy, to be kind, to have compassion and so on and so forth BUT it is 100% true. It takes practice and patience, but the war between evil and good can be won by feeding the good wolf within all of us. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone pondered this old Cherokee story? I encourage and challenge all of you to take this story to heart as we begin 2016. Simple acts of kindness, no matter how small, can make more of a difference than you realize.
Story from http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TwoWolves-Cherokee.html