Two wolves

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Two Wolves is a Cherokee legend. It goes as follows:

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 grand son thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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4 Responses to “Two wolves”

  1. SimplyDarlene July 20, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    aching for those in CO today

  2. floyd July 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I love that story. I wrote a post about it sometime back. Much wisdom in those words.

  3. Louise G July 22, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I too love this story.

    Did you do the painting? Lovely.

    • katdish July 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      No, Louise. I found that on photobucket and forgot to credit it. It is lovely, isn’t it?

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