After my recent “Ow vs. Wow” post, the quote below was sent me, and since I think it is very pertinent, I pass it along to you, even though the original source of it is not known:
One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave 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, sincerity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one that you feed.”
Please feed the right wolf this holiday season and always!
(and thank you to Google Images for the wolf photos.)
This is beautiful, Polly. This post and the “Ow vs. Wow” post also remind me of the adage, “Whatever you focus on grows.” I came across that some years ago and it has helped me in many ways over the years – to stay focused on the good that is all around. Today I found myself practicing this while doing some holiday shopping. I just chose to look for all the good instead of get sucked into the expected chaos and stress. I saw people helping each other, smiling, being generous while driving, holding doors, and more. And I chose to do the same as much as possible – say thank you, smile, let others go ahead of me. Just lots of little things to help spread joy. And what do you know: at the end of a long day of many errands all over town, because my focus had been on the good all around all day long I felt content and at peace instead of irritated or tired!…So thank you for this timely reminder.