What Kind Of Wolf Do You Feed?

The Two Wolves Parable

The following is a parable from the American Indian Legends. If you “click” on the “Two Wolves Parable” you will see more than one version of it. Though, I have seen it many times, I still find it appropriate for consideration.

white wolfOne 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.”black wolf

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.”

The message here seems to be that we have a choice regarding good and evil. We choose evil when we choose to be miserable in anger, self-pity, greed, etc. We choose good when we choose to be happy in love, humility, empathy, etc. Do we really have a choice? Do we actually choose, for example, to be angry? Are we responsible for our anger? I say “yes” for all three questions.

We can choose what wolf to feed. Are the two wolves equal in your mind? Do you think that if you feed the wolf of envy and self-pity, you are making your life better? Isn’t the choice obvious? Why feed the wolf that is, in the long run, a cause of a miserable life? To me, the choice is obvious.

We can choose to be happy or to be sad. The choice we make will influence our daily lives, those that we interact with and our relationships with those around us.

Before I end this, I must point out that the above parable has been used in many blogs. I have found most bloggers using the parable as a “stand alone blog.” What I mean by this, is that most are not giving their personal thoughts regarding the parable. I agree that the message is strong by itself, but I also feel that we need to mentally take it in and “mull it over.” By doing this, we bring the message into our minds in a way that enables us to use it.

When it is time to feed the wolves, be careful which one(s) you feed. Also, be careful what you feed them. Remember, they are carnivorous and might feast on you. :-)

I’m “hungry” for your comments. :-)


1 Comments on “What Kind Of Wolf Do You Feed?”

  1. I like this Indian Proverb. It makes a great deal of sense and when you get down to it and acknowledge that it is true, one can adjust and make their life better. Life has a way of humbling us. It will work its way with you until you start realizing that the ego is not your friend but your enemy. Perhaps Jesus was confronting his ego when he said, “Satan get behind me.” I think one of my biggest downfalls is that I need to adjust my tone of trying to say things to make a point instead of pushing my opinions on others. That damn ego.


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