There is a well known tale about an elderly Cherokee who is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me”, he said to his grandson. “It’s a terrible fight and it’s between two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, regret, greed, self pity, guilt and ego.” He continued, “the other is good. He is peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “the one you feed”.
I’ve mentioned before how much I feel my being changed over the past several months and how much I can attribute it to my mindfulness practice. I have become more patient. I have become less irritable. And I find in my moments of frustration and anger, I am able to recover so much faster.
Many things in my life have been lining up lately and I owe it to the skills I’ve developed. When I heard this story of the old Cherokee and the last line, “the one you feed”, I literally got chills. I thought he was going to say, “the one you choose”. But it is the one you feed. By paying forward all good things, it seems the universe pays it forward right back.
On this special day, Christmas Eve, I thought this so appropriate to share. Paying forward peace, love and compassion and in celebration of the holiday season. Merry Christmas everyone. 🎄
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