The following is a beautiful parable that deserves contemplation. You may be familiar with the modern version.
Below is the full original version.
One evening an old 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,
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 wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
In the Cherokee world however, the original story of the two wolves ends and continues in the following way:
The old Cherokee simply replied “If you feed them right they both win.”
You see, if I only choose to feed the light wolf,
the dark one will be hiding around every corner waiting for me to become distracted
or weak and jump to get the attention he craves.
He will always be angry and always fighting the light wolf.
But if I acknowledge him he is happy and the light wolf is also happy and we all win.
For the dark wolf has many qualities.
Tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strong will and great strategic thinking
that I have need of at times and that the light wolf lacks.
But the light wolf has compassion, caring, strength and the
ability to recognize what is in the best interests of all.
You see son, the light wolf needs the dark wolf at his side.
To feed only one would starve the other and they will soon become uncontrollable.
To feed and care for both means they will serve you well
and do nothing that is not a part of something greater,
something good and something of life.
Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention,
and when there is no battle inside you can listen to the voices of
deeper knowing that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance.
Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission in life.
A man or woman who has peace inside has everything.
A man or woman who is pulled apart by the war inside him or her has nothing.
How you choose to interact with the opposing forces within you will determine your life.
Starve one or the other or guide them both.