The Fable of the Two Wolves (of the Cherokee Indians)
One day a young Cherokee Indian came up to his grandfather for advice. Moments before, one of his friends had committed an injustice against the young man, and in his anger the Indian decided to seek the wise counsel of that old man.
The old Indian looked deep into his grandson's eyes and said,
"I too, my grandson, sometimes feel great hatred of those who commit injustice without feeling any regret for what they did. But hatred erodes those who feel it, and never hurts the enemy. It's like taking poison, wishing the enemy to die. "
The young man continued to stare, surprised, and his grandfather continued:
"Several times I struggled against these feelings. It's as if there were two wolves inside me. One of them is good and does not hurt. He lives in harmony with everyone around him and is not offended. He only struggles when he has to, and in a straight line. "
"But the other wolf ... This is full of anger. The most insignificant thing is capable of causing him a terrible fit of rage. He fights with everyone, all the time, for no reason. His anger and hatred are very great, and so he does not measure the consequences of his acts. It is a futile rage, because anger will not change anything. Sometimes it is difficult to live with these two wolves inside me, for they both try to dominate my spirit. "
The boy looked intently into his grandfather's eyes and asked, "And which one wins?"
To which the grandfather smiled and replied softly, "The one I feed."
Every day we are dying, but we are also living every day. Perception changes everything! Which of the two feelings do you emphasize? Which of the two wolves do you feed?
A.A gave me the perception to see the two wolves and helped me to decide.
Today I will feed the good wolf by giving myself and others positive messages, by being warm hearted, by forgiving, by being grateful, by trying to help others, by exercising understanding rather than resentment, love rather than hate, kindness rather than self righteous indignation, faith rather than fear, acceptance rather than denial, tolerance rather than prejudice.