Last night I was awake, and into my brain drifted this story, I think I’d seen it mentioned on something earlier that day or week. Anyways…
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.”
It’s such a simple story. But how many times do we need reminding of it? Like, really… it’s absolutely within our power to alter how we feel about the world, our lives, our actions, our history…all of that stuff.
We can’t change what happened.
But we can change how we allow it to write our story and dictate our present.
Think for a moment. Think about all those stories you tell yourself.
I’m stupid, I’m a failure. I fucked it up once – I’m destined to fuck it up again.
THINK ABOUT IT.
What are those stories that you don’t even REALISE you’re telling yourself?
Then, ask yourself, what’s the positive truth? The compassionate truth?
When you deconstruct the bullshit, and say, consider how you would view the same actions if made by another, how different would it be? If you could give yourself the permission to remove the lens of judgement – what would it really look and feel like?
How could you feed the good wolf? How could you feed it everyday? Make it as big and brave and loved and strong and as seen as the bad wolf (who, incidentally, is probably more misunderstood than you’d give it credit for…probably)
It’s such a simple thing, showing ourselves the love, kindness and compassion that we would wish for others. To love ourselves enough to forgive, to learn without punishment and to be empathic, truthful and benevolent. It costs us nothing – and yet will bring us more happiness and joy than money could ever bring.
I think it’s critical in these times that we make this switch, that we give ourselves the arena to pull ourselves up and check our wolf status. The World is a crazy place- politically, economically, environmentally. We are fed dangerous thoughts dressed up as entertainment, opinion and even worse ‘truth’
Now is the time for nurturing ourselves – via our good wolf. Nurture ourselves in the way a true parent would, with empathy and a steady hand, not allowing ourselves to adopt the sloppy thinking of others as our own. Now is the time when it is more important than ever that we question how we feel about decisions being made for us, and to us. We deserve to give ourselves our true beliefs and feelings back. This is a time for introspection, bullshit detection and external action – even small steps taken in the right direction are positive. There is an energetic resonance that amplifies when we are living in alignment with our intuition and harmonious beliefs.
Change can come through the collective energy of good. It doesn’t have to come from ‘power over’ tactics. In the same way that water will inevitably wear away the rock and change the path of flow – so can following the tendencies of the good wolf.
Be the good wolf.