An old Cherokee told his grandson, “my son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.
The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”
I came across this beautiful, brief bit of native American folklore very recently. If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you could predict that it would immediately find a permanent home in my psyche.
This confrontation that the old Cherokee speaks of has churned inside me virtually everyday for quite a while. And everyday, I consciously struggle to find a way past, through, under, or around the negativity. It’s so very hard for me – an uphill battle – like the one Sisyphus faced.
It’s a fine line I walk. For me, the preferred path to being an informed, engaged, responsible citizen, both of our country and of our world, leads me directly into that evil wolf’s den. And the feeding frenzy begins. I am confronted with an opinion contrary to mine and the sparks of anger begin to ignite, the embers of jealousy enkindle, […]