Monday, April 26, 2010

Wolves at War

I once heard an old Native American legend that I love. It is about a Cherokee chief who is teaching his people. He says to them, “There is a terrible war going on inside me in which two wolves are constantly fighting. One wolf is called by the name of Peace and he is joy, happiness, love, generosity, kindness, truth, faith, trust, and thoughtfulness. The other wolf is called by the name of Misery and he is hate, envy, greed, jealousy, sorrow, regret, arrogance, and lies.”

The chief waits for a moment and then adds, “And this war is going on inside you, also.”

Again the chief pauses until a young brave breaks the silence. “Who will win this war?” he asks.

“The wolf I feed,” the chief answers.

This is what Living in Truth is all about—learning to feed the wolf called by the name of Peace.


Wendi said...

I have something similar to that posted on my sidebar. Thanks for the reminder. :)

Emily said...

I really needed this! I had a realization of this war going on inside myself yesterday concerning decisions in my future and I had to keep telling myself that the Spirit can't dwell where there is confusion and frustration. So I chose peace!

Thanks for sharing this story!

6L's said...

this is great, thanks!

dani said...

Love the picture and the metaphor! I can 'feel' it :)

Cathy said...

Wow, this is great! Such a profound message.