It is a story to read over and over again:
A Cherokee elder is sitting around a bonfire with his grandchild
teaching him the essentials of life.
“There is a battle going on inside me,” he says to the child.
“It is a constant fight and it is between two wolves.
One wolf is filled with anger, envy, jealousy, fear, regret, shame,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority,
false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other wolf is filled with humility, gratitude, acceptance, patience, joy,
peace, love, hope, kindness, empath, generosity, truth, and compassion.”
He leans in close to his grandchild and whispers,
“The same fight is going on inside of you, my sweet boy –
and inside every other person too.”
The child grows silent, thinking about
the profound nature of this lesson
and then asks,
“So Grandfather…which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee smiles with a knowing look and replies,
“The one you feed.”