The Wolves


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 grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


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20 responses to “The Wolves

  1. beautiful.
    I love reading the wisdom of the elders.

  2. Aniin BG, I know that we all feed them both and they are both needed at times.

  3. I’ve always loved that one:)

  4. One of my favorite stories 🙂

  5. that’s definitely the truth

  6. Indeed BarnGoddes,
    Wisdom travels thru the Ages
    We are what we eat – some say
    what we feed is what we become!

  7. Funny how wolves got so intertwined in folkloric tales. Think ‘Peter And The Wolf.’ The old parable of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf,’ ‘The Big Bad Wolf,’ and my personal favorite phrase that I’ve experienced first-hand, “The wolves are at the door.”

    And then you have Warren Zevon who saw a werewolf sipping a pina colada at Trader Vic’s, and his hair was perfect.

  8. So well put. I am linking here.

  9. this is the 2nd time I’ve read this recently.
    I want to feed the fox. But I think I left her back at age 40.

  10. What GREAT Wisdom….

    I’m using this as my Weekly Delight next week (I’ll post it on Tuesday)

  11. Good answer! I also enjoy your photography!!

  12. Have always enjoyed this! Thanks!:)

  13. How very, VERY true this is– Wonderful story, and picture.

    Hope you’ve been doing ok– I miss ya! I’ll do my best to get around more often! *hugs*

  14. i love it 🙂

    Hey there girlie 🙂 I have pics up on my blog 🙂 YOu can see me drunk HAHAHAHAH. Untitled part 3 will be up in the next couple of days, I had to really think up how to build the character of the sister up 🙂

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  16. Simple but so true 🙂

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