The Elderly Cherokee

Image used under a Collective Commons License from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6886640019An elderly Cherokee Native American 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, and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith”.

The old Cherokee continued. “This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

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

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


Image used under a Collective Commons License from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6886640019

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