The wolves are hungry. The one you feed determines your life’s course.

I heard a story that I thought worth sharing. It’s called “Two Wolves”.

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“A fight between two wolves. One is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other 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.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

Grandfather simply replied, “The one I feed.”

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I’ve found this to be the truth & it’s amazing the way it works. When someone says something to or about me that is hurtful & untrue, I can get focused on the pain of it, which can spiral into negativity very quickly, & often without realizing it. The key is to continually check in with my feelings to see if they’re creating thoughts that pollute me & cause me to act in ways that do not serve my highest good. Once identified, I can course correct. I know I’m in the right spot when peace returns & I’m able to feel a sense of gratitude about my life, no matter what the circumstances. This shift can happen quicker than you might think. Simply determine:

Which wolf will you feed today?

I’d like to give a correct attribution for this story, but have found many variations – from Cherokee Legend to an adaptation
of a Billy Graham story. If you have actual proof of the origin, please let me know.

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4 Responses to The wolves are hungry. The one you feed determines your life’s course.

  1. Nancy Hong March 5, 2013 at #

    That is what I thought the grandfather would say!

    My glass is half full, is yours half full or half empty?

    • Kimberly Cain March 5, 2013 at #

      So important to keep it half-full. It’s all about perspective, eh?!

  2. Deborah March 6, 2013 at #

    Great story Kim! I remember when I was feeding the “wrong” wolf years ago you helped me “let go” of anger and resentment – at least enough of it to help me get through a rough period. Thanks for that. You’re still my inspiration for leading a balanced life.

    • Kimberly Cain March 6, 2013 at #

      Oh, that’s so great to hear! Thank you for sharing that with me. It truly means a lot.