I found this on another blog:
An old Cherokee chief was 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, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
I remember reading this story awhile ago. I can’t remember where, but I’m thinking it was in a book by Joseph Bruchac. Not sure, though.
Anyway, I really love this story because it’s true. I think every person has a battle going on inside. This can be a confusing world and I think for some it’s hard, especially when you have such a battle as the two wolves going on inside you.
I truly believe every person has good inside them, even if it’s only a little. But I don’t think most people know that, a lot of people can’t see the good within themselves. Some are confused, lost and have no one help them. I believe that is when the evil wolf wins, when a person gives in and stops caring.
I wish every person had someone to care about them, to help them onto the right path.
And this story really makes me think about that, about people and the ones whose evil wolf has won. I know there are bad people out there, but no one is born bad. It’s learned, I truly believe that. I wish I could help those people.
I think at one time the two wolves were battling inside me. I struggled with a lot when I was a teenager and I really didn’t have anyone. I couldn’t talk to my mom. I love my mom, but what I was going through I knew I wouldn’t be able to talk to her about. Whenever I tried to talk to her about how I felt, it never went well.
I pretty much kept things to myself and I remember it all so well. The sadness, depression, anger. It was not fun. I think the evil wolf really put me through a lot, but in the end the good wolf won and I am happy.
I’m a happy, positive person and I enjoy my life. I just hope that others may read this story of the Two Wolves and maybe it’ll help them.
But I know how it feels to feel alone, to be feel unwanted and misunderstood, to feel like you’re worthless.
But I just want to say to those that feel that way, you’re not worthless. You’re wonderful in every way possible and you make this world a beautiful place.
Don’t let your evil wolf win.