I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

The battle inside of us

on February 16, 2014

wolfDid you know that we all have a battle going on inside of us?  It is a battle between right and wrong.  A battle between good and evil.  A battle between love and hate.  Every day we have to make choices that will affect our lives and influence others in a positive or negative way.

There is a well-known Cherokee legend about this battle that is raging inside.  In the legend, an old Cherokee grandfather is teaching is grandson about life.  He tells the boy that he has a fight going on inside himself, a terrible fight between 2 wolves.  One of the wolves is evil and full of anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.  The other wolf is good and full of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.  Then he tells the boy, “You have the same fight going on inside of you and so does every other person.”

The grandson thought about what his grandfather said and then asks, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather simply replies, “The one you feed”.

We all struggle with negative emotions and they are necessary for our survival, however if we dwell too much on negative emotions they can destroy us.  When we hold on to anger or hatred it wears us down and hurts us more than the person it is directed towards.  It is like drinking poison and hoping that our enemy will die.  It changes nothing but it holds us hostage.  Instead of feeding the wolf that is full of hatred, anger and all those other negative emotions, we should feed the wolf that is full of love, peace and all those other positive emotions.

Which wolf are you feeding? The good one or the evil one?

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