Sunday, October 17, 2010

Two Wolves

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."
And what, you may ask, does that have to do with survival?  I'm going to give you a couple days to ponder this question and see if you can answer it for yourself. I've bumped into a few folks lately for whom, I'm afraid, the answer is a total mystery. And others for whom this little story is like a beam of sunshine finally illuminating a grand truth. 

We'll talk about this again. In the meantime, beware of what you feed. 

1 comment:

  1. I suppose that you read about the guy getting killed by a goat here the other day.

    He sure wasn't being very smart for an experienced hiker.

    It's not a Walt Disney world, no sir, age and wisdom has taught me to pack a pistol.

    And a lighter, and a little chunk of fire starter, and a damn good pocket knife.

    I've posted some more camping pictures on my camping blog.