A Cherokee Grandfather’s Story

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An old Cherokee Indian was teaching his grandchildren about life.

He said to them,

“A fight is going on inside me.  it is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear,anger,envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity,guilt,resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride , superiority, ego and unfaithfulness.

The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, forgiveness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faithfulness.

The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person too.”

They thought about it for a minute, then one child asked his grandfather,  “Which wolf will win, grandfather?”

The old Cherokee replied simply,

“The one you feed.”

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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
In addition to teaching yoga on the Island of Kauai, Paul is the facilitator of the Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts the weekly Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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