Some of the most memorable insights in life come from stories that make you think and look within yourself. Ernest Hemingway said: “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.”
Long ago, I have heard inspiring Cherokee legend about the two wolves and the battle they are having inside of our minds. The toughest battle you’ll ever fight in your life is the battle within yourself:
Grandfather 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.”
Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolfes inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”