One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
An elder shared this story with me and I see much beauty in it. If we keep feeding the good wolf we will live a happier life but if we choose to feed the evil one we can’t expect much positivity back.
This week we had our Archdiocesan Study Days and the big theme was Growing in God’s Mercy. Actually, this has been our theme for the year. The sessions we had were very inspiring and moving. Actions don’t produce the outcome. The conversations produce the outcome. This quote from our guest speaker really hit me hard. At first I was like ya ya whatever you say but then the more she explained it the more it made sense.
For something positive to happen we have to have positive thinking, positive sharing and positive conversations. If my conversations are all negative and lead no where what are my actions going to be? I’m not talking about just the verbal conversations but also the conversations we have in our head.
If my plan is to gather a big group and have some praise and worship and I keep thinking, oh I can’t do this, I don’t want to do this, I’m not good enough, they will laugh at me, they don’t love me then what more am I expecting to happen? Either the gathering won’t go well or I will attract the people filled with negativity.
We have to turn our conversations to conversations of possibility! How do we do that? We open ourselves up and look at our lives, who am I? What is my purpose? How am I choosing to live my life?
But really, the crucial question is “Which wolf are you feeding today”?
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