Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Don't Feed the Bad Wolf

An elderly Cherokee 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 is evil—he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego. The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.” They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?” The Elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”

What a perfect story.

Recently, I've seen so many things that make me wonder about myself...and other people. What motivates people to turn their back on friends for greed? What makes people think that it is ok to blatently disregard the rules? What makes people think that it is ok to steal? It's sad to see greed and arrogance in the world. Eventually, the greed and arrogance will destroy person's soul. Perhaps it's not noticeable at the time, but at the risk of using too many cliches, I truly believe that someday, sooner or later, you will reap what you sow.

When I was a little girl, I vividly remember telling my Pappy that some other girls were being mean to me. He told me that they were just jealous and insecure and that I should ignore them. Then he said that if they didn't stop, that I should give them a knuckle sandwich. Ha ha. I love that! But seriously, I can see from the outside that mean people are usually insecure people and that greedy people usually lack something in their own lives, but it is so difficult to have to deal with people like this.

It makes me sad.

And I need to make a choice. I'm not going to feed the bad wolf anymore.

Sorry today's post is not my usual sunshine-y self, but I'm not feeling particularly sunshine-y today.


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  1. I like that wolf story.

    Everything ok sweetie? Email me if you need to vent.

  2. I LOVE THIS!!!

    I have head to unfollow so many people on twitter etc because all they do is spew negativity.

  3. Hope your day gets better! Don't let the mean girls win!

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  5. Keep feeding the good wolf. Ignore the mean girls and don't let their issues become yours. We all reap what we sow :-) I hope your day is getting better.

  6. What a great story and something that I need to remember every day :)

    So sorry that you're having such a crummy day! Hope that tomorrow is much better!!!

  7. I hope your day gets better! I so enjoy your bright, positive attitude. Sometimes we have to attach those people, actions, hurts to the proverbial helium balloon and "let them go". XOXO

  8. Mean girls grow up to be mean women. Sad but true. I've had more than my share lately, and you're right - you just have to quit feeding the monster.
    Hope all is better now! XOOX

  9. Hope you are feeling better Bethany!

  10. I am having the same issues right now! Great post...let's keep our chins up..it's them not us!

  11. Thanks everyone. Your comments mean so much. Hugs to you, Lisa. Hope things get better for you, too.

  12. Wonderful story to share with our children.



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