The Two Wolves

My new friend sent me this great story yesterday:

An old Cherokee chief is 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 dark — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.”

“The other is light — 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, “The one you feed.”

[EDIT: It can be difficult to track down the original source of an image on the Internet, and sometimes I end up using an artist’s work without being able to find or credit him or her. That’s what happened in this case, but there’s a happy ending: the artist, Paul Bielaczy, contacted me and provided a link to his website. If you like the Yin Lang Wolf please do go and look at the rest of his work!]

Categories: Animals, Family, Life | 7 Comments

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7 thoughts on “The Two Wolves

  1. kendall

    I like, very much. Will link and try to quote.


  2. I have always liked that! and its so true.


  3. pastor bill

    I am wondering at some level if the two wolfs don’t need each other.


  4. Debora

    I realized right after I posted this story that I didn’t completely agree with the wording, but before I could go back and edit it my Internet went down in the storm. I’m back up now, and I’ve just changed “good” and “evil” to “light” and “dark.” Anger, sorrow, guilt and so on may be dark emotions but I don’t see them as necessarily evil. I think it’s what you do with them that matters. Anger at injustice or regret of past mistakes can be a powerful motivator for good.

    I think the trick is not to overfeed that wolf and let those dark emotions take up too much space in your life.


  5. Dee

    His facial hair is the pattern designating Ying and Yang. All feelings exist in all people. To every action is an equal and opposite reaction. Nothing is perfect. We must all balance our feelings every day of our lives. October baby, by the way. Dee


  6. Hi, my name is Paul Bielaczyc, the artist who made that piece of artwork. If you would be so kind as to put a link to my site within your post, I do not mind you using my image, but I would like to be credited for my creation.

    Paul Bielaczyc


    • Debora

      Done! I’m sorry your image was used without credit, thanks for contacting me so I could fix it. I checked out the galleries on your site, there’s some really wonderful stuff there! “Ominous Night” is amazing!


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