Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tale of the Two Wolves Revisited

There is a long told Native-American tale that I will paraphrase a little.

There was a wise grandfather who was speaking with his grandchildren about life. He told them that he had two wolves battling inside of him. He went on to explain that Everybody has these two wolves.

He said that the first wolf stands for love, peace, charity, kindness, forgiveness, and letting go of past wrongs that were committed against us.

He said that the second wolf stands for anger, depression, excessive worry, resentment, panic, obsessive thoughts, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts.

After a brief silence, one of the grandchildren asked, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather replied, “The one we feed.”

I have known this story for many years, but hadn't thought of it for some time. I suppose the reason it came to mind was my reflecting on how I had been feeding the second wolf. Most of us will sometimes feed the second wolf. When we do, the results are reliably misery of different flavors.

Have YOU been feeding the second wolf lately?

Best wishes,


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