1.01.2010

Food for Thought


Here we are at the beginning of the 2010 trail, heading for new vistas, with a backpack full of resolves. We all check our compasses around this time, reflecting on where we have been and where we are headed. We make course corrections striving to be better.  Resolutions are in the air. 

It seems the perfect time to share this bit of Cherokee wisdom. I found this as part of a Native American exhibit years ago, and was so struck by the profound beauty of these words. 

A wise old Cherokee man was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside of me. It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other 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?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."


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