An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life…
This is what he said to them:
“A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One wolf is evil — he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.
The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”
They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied: “The one you feed”.
For too, too long I have been feeding the bad wolf. I did it with the full and complete understanding that it was foolish, misguided and self-destructive, but feed him I did.
On Easter Sunday in the Year of Our Lord 2009, I decided it was time to start starving the bad wolf and letting the good wolf strap on his feedbag for a while.