A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.” The grandson asked him, “Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?” The grandfather answered: “The one I feed.”
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I heard a version of this story for the first time almost three decades ago from a man that had over a decade of sobriety. He said that each day he made a choice about which wolf to feed, the one of resentment that would lead him back down the road of alcoholism, inner death and numbness or the one that lead would lead him up the path to inner peace. He was not talking about an inner peace that means you will “die inside your comfort zone” as Steve Chandler, Reinventing Yourself refers to it. He was referring to the inner peace that comes from a life well lived. Are you choosing to create a life of fun, enthusiasm, challenge, and passion? Or are choosing to live a life of apathetic desperation that you may be trying to avoid through busy unfocused distractions?
The good news is that you get to choose which wolf will you feed today.
Choice. It is in your power!