Two Wolves, An Indian Story of Good and Evil

Children learn much from everyone and everywhere. From birth we are little sponges, watching, listening, and learning, from the people and world around us. Parents and grandparents influence their kids and grand-kids continually, by choice, or by accident. Here's a Cherokee Indian grandfather influencing by choice.

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Two Wolves. One Evil. One Good.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself.

He said, "My son, the battle is between 2 wolves.

One is evil:

Anger, envy, sorrow,

Regret, greed, arrogance,

Self-pity, guilt, resentment

Inferiority, lies, false pride,

Superiority and ego...

The other is good:

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 I feed."

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