Have you every heard about the parable of the two wolves? It’s been on my mind over the past few weeks as I thought I’d share it with you today.
It goes something like this:
One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
“My dear one, the battle between two ‘wolves’ is 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 thought about it for a moment and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”
Let’s be really here – we all have negative thoughts that race through our minds at various points in the day. The danger comes when we think that we have NO CONTROL over our thoughts and let them become our own worst enemy. We end up obsessing about the past or worrying about a future that hasn’t even happened. We imagine what others are thinking or saying, we let a bad mood influence our day, and let negative thoughts flit across our minds completely unchecked. In other words, we are feeding the “evil” wolf.
But what if we stubbornly refused to allow those thoughts to take up valuable real estate in our heads? If we instead chose to focus on something good? What if we really take ownership of cultivating a positive mindset – one that refuses too allow negativity to hang around for very long?
For me, it has enormous implications for my commitment to our 40 Day #BeatWinter Challenge. When things get tough or I’ve had a long day or haven’t slept well, I can either choose to feel incredibly sorry for myself or I can give myself a stern talking to and point out the many ways I will feel AMAZING after my session.
I have control over the wolf that I feed! And you do too – let’s resolve to make THIS a week where the good wolf wins!