One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, ‘My son, the battle is between ‘two wolves’ inside us all.
‘One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt,
resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.’
‘The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
I read the above story in a local parenting forum. I thought it was a great story to share with my brood.
When I did, Adorable took to it very well. He and I motivated each other to feed our ‘good wolves’. Whenever we slipped into bad habits (like me procrastinating), we reminded each other not to feed the ‘bad wolf’.
The other two- not so much effect. Its been sometime since I used the story to remind them of good habits (thats my inconsistency rearing its head) but it is sure a very useful story with a good message to remember.