The Two Wolves
One evening sitting around the fire, the grandson of an old and wise Cherokee chief asked his
grandfather, "Why is life so unhappy Grandad?"
The wise old chief thought for a moment, and then asked, "Can you hear the
wolves that are howling in the distance son?"
"Yes I can Grandad," replied the boy.
"Have you noticed how some of the wolves are angry and aggressive and some are
gentle and friendly?"
"Yes I have Grandad," replied the boy, "I like the baby wolf with the stripes
who follows me when I go hunting."
"Well, we have two wolves inside us also," replied his
"One leads us to misery and unhappiness. It sows the seeds of anger, envy,
jealousy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and ego.
The other leads us to happiness. It sows the seeds of joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson was quiet for a while and then asked: "Which wolf wins
The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."
- Author Anon
This is a wonderful example of the things that we feed in our lives. Which
wolf are you feeding?