There is a Cherokee Indian tale that goes something like this:
An old Cherokee is 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.”
I love this one. Especially lately because the “evil” wolf has been making way too many appearances in my world. So I’ve been praying a lot and working on forgiveness.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Back and forth with the two wolves. But I fight the good fight because I don’t want to be angry and resentful and ego-driven because when I give into that, I just get more of that!
So I try to remember to feed the good wolf. Love. Harmony. Peace. Joy. Serenity. Prayer.
Some days it’s easier said than done but in all my days, this is truly the only fight that is more than worth it.