Feed the Joyful Wolf

A year ago I was sitting at a café in Green Bay, WI and overheard a part of a conversation: a man was describing how “venting” (free expression, typically intended to solve problems or at least feel better) has the opposite effect of what one intends. Recently, I read a book with the same philosophy: dissension feeds dissension.

I’ve shared the following story before and it illustrates the subject perfectly:

An elder Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them:

“A fight is going on inside me.. it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you,” he added.

The Grandchildren thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” (Reference: www.dailykos.com)

There is a fight going on inside you, which wolf are you feeding?