You may have heard this story before. That’s okay. It’s worth hearing again.
One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson though about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one that you feed.”
Is it me, or does there seem to be an over-abundance of food out there for our Evil Wolf? E.W. only needs to turn on the news or the internet or look at his Facebook feed, and he will be treated to an All You Can Eat Buffet—the main courses being anger, lies, superiority, and ego. It is sad. It is scary. And it makes me seriously question the future when the closed captioning of a presidential debate reads: [unintelligible yelling].
So far this year I’ve been pretty good with my New Year’s resolution to resist Fear, Outrage, Judgment, and Complaints. But lately I’ve been having a hard time with that first one. It’s hard not to have fear when it sounds like there’s a pack of hungry wolves outside your door. What happened to everyone’s Good Wolf? G.W. is starving. He is skin and bones, panhandling on the side of the road, begging for a scrap of kindness, empathy, truth, peace, and always, always, love.
Please. Let’s try to feed G.W….the better angel of our nature.