Some time ago I read a little story that had a very profound effect on me, for its simplicity and clarity of expression; may be as the saying goes “the teacher appears when the student is ready to learn”, applies to me in this instance.
The tale referred to an old sage Cherokee grandfather teaching life principles, to help his grandson improve his growth in personal development, and character.
Why are people so cruel? It simply comes down to human nature… ingrained inside all of us to find fault and to bring others down.
You and I will never change it. But how you react to it will change what appears in your world.
The wise old Cherokee said, “Son, on the inside of every person the battle is raging between two wolves. One wolf is evil. It’s angry, jealous, unforgiving, proud, and lazy. The other wolf is good. It is filled with love, kindness, humility, and encouragement.These two wolves are constantly fighting.”
The little boy thought about it and said, “Grandfather, which wolf is going to win?”
The grandfather smiled and said, “Which ever one you feed.”
Great insight, don’t you think? A sixth sense narrative of a complex dichotomy, love – hate, good – evil.
Let’s nourish the good wolf in our inner self, and starve the jealous, tempestuous, envious ego that battles to win your full attention……and often does.
P.S. “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”. Confucious.