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Two Wolves

--by AsianWoman, posted Feb 21, 2010

Two Wolves - A Cherokee Parable

An old Cherokee chief was 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, self-doubt, and ego."


"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."


"This 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 chief simply replied,

"Whichever one you feed."


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Readers Comments

jsmc10 wrote: Wow, i love cherokee parables, thank you for sharing this :)
Alisha wrote: Very interesting and cool. I wish i was able to read more stuff like this.
Rana wrote: You started my day with a smile. Thank you soooo much.
iferlamb wrote: Profound! Thank you.

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