Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Two Wolves - a parable

Artwork entitled "Two Wolves" by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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 grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

1 comment:

Lisa G-P said...

Thanks for posting this. It's always been one of my favorites, too, but I never seem to be able to pull it out of my feeble brain at the really optimal times! Wolves are definitely my "spirit animal" as the Native Americans define it -- real or just images, the wolf has touched my life at various opportune and auspicious times, not to be forgotten or brushed aside.