I recently learned a story of an old Cherokee man teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil: he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good: he 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 will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
There are some powerful lessons to be learned from this story. One of the most relevant for me right now is the responsibility that I must take for my emotions and my thoughts. Inevitably, the wolf that I choose to feed, is the one that will win. It’s hard to admit, but there are times when the good wolf doesn’t win. This is especially true when I give in to fear, anxiety, negativity, self-doubt and criticism. At times, it can be so hard to feed the good wolf. And honestly, sometimes it’s just easier to choose the evil wolf.
I’m learning that at times, it can take a lot of courage to choose the good wolf. Courage to choose the good wolf, often requires a step of faith. It might be a small step or it might be a giant leap, but choosing good requires faith. Reading over the grandfather’s description of the good wolf, I realized that the good wolf embodies the qualities of Christ, our Savior. If we are seeking to make the Godly choice, we will choose to feed the good wolf, as difficult as it may be. It sometimes takes a tremendous amount of faith to choose those good things like humility and kindness, but by choosing the good wolf, we can show that we have faith that our trials have the potential teach us and lift us in ways we can’t understand.
I hope that this blog will be more than a we-did-this-and-then-we-did-that-kind of blog because I don’t feel like that completely captures our life as it should be remembered. Posts like this, which are devoid of selfies and descriptions of fun things, will hopefully remind us that through our challenges and bumps in the road, we have learned, we have grown, and we continued to move forward.