A grandfather is trying to teach his grandson about life and he tells him: ‘There’s a terrible fight within me, a fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil – he is anger, envy, arrogance, greed, resentment, and false pride. The other wolf is good – he is joy, hope, love, serenity, kindness, empathy, and compassion.’
The grandson takes a minute and then asks, ‘Well, which wolf wins?’
The grandfather simply replies, ‘The one you feed.’
All of us have this battle within us: a fight between negativity and positivity, or sometimes a fight between love and hate (or, as I have come to realize, love and FEAR, which disguises itself as hate.)And the side that will eventually win out – positivity or negativity – is a matter of which we decide to feed. Do we click on disastrous news stories and hateful Facebook posts? Do we gossip about other people with our friends?
But, on the other hand, do you practice open-mindedness in conversations? Do you encourage others you see struggling on your Facebook feed? Do you default to kindness and acceptance for those that are different from you? Do you take time to imagine the best case scenario instead of the worst? Well, that’s what makes the Wolf of Light stronger. That’s when you’ll start to see the lightness and good in the world around you.
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