Monday, January 05, 2009

Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

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

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

This is an old cherokee legend and is featured in a book by one of my personal favorite authors - Pauulo Coelho. Each of his books has an underlying 'life lesson' and exposes the truth of human nature from the highest high and lowest low - his most popular book being the Alchemist. The recent book I just finished is called The Devil and Miss Prym and as I read through it I came across many good quotes to ponder upon including the following:

“when we least expect it, life set us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change”

“good and evil have the same face; it only depends on when how it crosses the path of each individual human being.”

The book is really about tackling certain issues of struggling within our hearts as to who should come out as the winner - good or evil? It brings to light the reality of good and evil within, and the difficulties of choosing between them. Each of us has our own demons to battle with and not a single soul on earth has not embarked or goes through a situation that does not require courage to surface. At some point in our lives, we may experience darkness enveloping around us and the necessity for the light to shine is out of reach. When a person is in these situations, there are only two paths that can be taken - either drown in misery and let the devil take the lead or choose the lesser evil and from there pull themselves up. It all boils down to a matter of control and of choice . We are all given such alternatives and it is up to us take a stand and be firm with whatever choice or decision we will make. Life can be very short or long indeed, it depends on how you live with it.

A final quote to ponder:

'Man needs what's worst in him in order to achieve what's best in him.'
We all have both sides of the battle inside of us. Feed the good, but realize by fighting during the evil times and the rough patches, you are enabling your very best to come through. If not for prevailing and surving these times, you would not be the better person you are today.

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