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Yosemite Wolf photographed by Karin Saunders

Although I’m an unapologetic cat person, I have always loved wolves. There’s just something about those beautiful animals that live in a structured pack family on the outskirts of man’s world that has always fascinated me.

The American Indian tales have a great amount of wisdom and truth in them and, depending on the tribe can feature an assortment of animals, tricksters and other character’s that emphasis a basic truth.

Just recently when I heard an old Cherokee tale about two wolves, I paid close attention. Maybe you’ve read it, but just in case you haven’t, here it is.

A Cherokee Legend

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.”

Reading this story you can’t help but get a visual of the wolves, their attributes and the fact that which one is fed is the one that grows. And, like the grandfather, we all have this fight raging inside of us.

This begs the question, which inner wolf are you feeding?

The reality of the situation goes one step further. At some point we all must come to grips with the realization that we are in a losing battle against ourselves. The only way we can win the battle is to turn to the only One who can provide us with the sustenance that can feed the positive wolf within and in the process starve the other.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

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