Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandchild about life. 

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the child.  “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 grandchild thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”

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

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I admit that I have felt hate in my time for inconsiderate people who never seem to have remorse or repentance for what they do.  As time passes by, I have realized that the hate and anger I carry in my heart actually wears me down. It has little effect on people who evoked these emotions.  I have begun to see that I was giving myself ales of poison, hoping the other person should die.  It hasn’t been easy at all.

It has been said that everyone has something to say; I think I have quite a bit to say.  My biggest fans (probably not coincidentally, related to me) have told me that I say the majority of it relatively eloquently.  For these reasons, combined with the fact that most of my days are spent at the computer, it might seem surprising that this is my first foray into hosting a real blog.  Frankly, I am surprised myself.  Maybe the problem is simple — I read so many blogs, and can’t imagine anyone wanting to read what I have to say the way I want to read what other people have to say.  Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that I needed to dip a toe into the blog world and say what I have to say anyway.

This is a blog about approaching thirty with all the momentum of a freight train and knowing you have made no real impact in the world.  Yet.  It’s a blog about knowing you want to make a difference, even if you’re not sure what kind of difference.  Espeically if you’re not sure.  It’s a blog about being determined to live the depth and breadth of your life along with its length.  However, I named it not for any of these one elements, but after my favorite Cherokee legend of the two wolves — because more than anything else, this blog will chronicle my desire to feed the wolf that is good.  I hope you will follow along with my journey, but even more, I hope it sparks your own!


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