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Two Wolves September 6, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.

IMG10An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A terrible fight is going on inside me between two wolves.  One wolf is evil. He is dishonesty, anger, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, false pride, and egotism.

“The other wolf is good.  He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, empathy.
kindness, benevolence, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about his grandfather’s words, and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

~ Old Cherokee Legend

Related post:  WP Daily Prompt ~ Regret/Turning Point


1. copeandconnect - September 6, 2013

Love this!

nrhatch - September 6, 2013

Glad you enjoyed. This is one of my favorites.

2. Grannymar - September 6, 2013

Wise lesson!

nrhatch - September 6, 2013

Here’s to feeding the “right” wolf.

3. Pix Under the Oaks - September 6, 2013

Oooo so true.

nrhatch - September 6, 2013

This is such a succinct expression of the choices we make about how to live on a day to day basis.

4. colonialist - September 6, 2013

Good way to put it! Except that the baddy does seem to have a lot of opposites like inferiority and superiority. Can’t make up his mind is another fault? 🙂

nrhatch - September 6, 2013

Exactly right. Ego can never make up his mind without using an external barometer. When people complement Ego, he gets all puffed up. When they don’t, he becomes deflated. 😛

5. ericjbaker - September 6, 2013

I feed my inner wolf with light from the full moon. That’s why I wear clothes that are two sizes too big.

nrhatch - September 6, 2013

A-ooh! We watched Hotel Transylvania last night ~ with all manner of monster cruising the lobby. Including werewolves and Dracula and Frankenstein. 😯

ericjbaker - September 6, 2013

Sounds scary!

(not really)


nrhatch - September 7, 2013

It did NOT give me nightmares. 😉

6. shreejacob - September 6, 2013

Oh…I love this story. I remember reading it some time ago as well..the white and the black wolf…but for some reason I kind of remember it a little different?!?
*Why* do I get the feeling that what I learned was that if you only feed the white wolf, the poor black wolf get hungry and angry, it attacks and causes a lot of grief within us…but when we pay attention to both, when we take care of both, then the black wolf doesn’t hurt anymore…he becomes placated and uses his “gifts” to help us.

Oooo…I remember reading it in the book Why do Good People do Bad Things by Debbie Ford!

Hmmm…oookay, maybe it’s just two different stories? LOL!

nrhatch - September 7, 2013

Debbie’s version sounds a bit different. Metaphors are a great learning tool, eh?

shreejacob - September 7, 2013

Hehe it is! Unless you’re like me and get it all confused 😛 But then again, it still teaches us something which is the whole point of it…so…yes it is!! 😀

nrhatch - September 7, 2013

Seems like you sorted it out . . . hey, you even remembered WHERE you read about the white and black wolves. Go you!

7. sufilight - September 7, 2013

One of my most favorite Native American stories. Life is a daily practice of deciding which wolf to feed.

nrhatch - September 7, 2013

It is. We don’t decide just once . . . we must keep coming back to the task.

8. kateshrewsday - September 7, 2013

A salutary lesson, Nancy.

nrhatch - September 7, 2013

A gentle reminder from a wise grandfather to his cherished grandson.

9. William D'Andrea - September 7, 2013

There is a very similar passage in the Bible, concerning works of the flesh and gifts of the spirit. Check out Galatians: 5: 13-26

nrhatch - September 7, 2013

There are definite parallels between this metaphor and the dictates of Galations. I prefer this version ~ it seems more accessible.

10. Perfecting Motherhood - September 7, 2013

One of my favorite stories about choosing the right path and attitude in life.

nrhatch - September 7, 2013

It’s easy to remember . . . and oh so true.

11. Three Well Beings - September 8, 2013

I have heard this before, Nancy, and it needs to be shared, and shared again! I’m glad you did. Isn’t it just the wisest truth! I was glad to read it again, my friend!

nrhatch - September 8, 2013

Thanks, Debra. I feel just the same about this little gem . . . worth a read and a re-read.

12. jannatwrites - September 9, 2013

I like this – so true. Sometimes it seems doubtful, but I still root for good to win.

nrhatch - September 9, 2013

Thanks, Janna. I agree. I am holding out hope . . . and holding my breath. Time will tell.

13. Booksphotographsandartwork - September 9, 2013

That is wonderful!!!!

nrhatch - September 9, 2013

Glad you enjoyed, Linda. Here’s to feeding those qualities we want to see blossom.

14. savitha jvn - September 11, 2013

loved it!!

nrhatch - September 11, 2013

It’s a wonderful metaphor. 😀

savitha jvn - September 13, 2013

it IS 🙂

15. pix & kardz - September 13, 2013

wow, what a rich punchline!

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

Isn’t it? Here’s to feed the “right wolf.” 😀

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