Some Monday inspiration, which I first heard on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought a few weeks ago…
An old Cherokee 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 evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued: “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The 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 Cherokee replied: “The one you feed.”
As an aside, I think Pause for Thought remains one of the best things about the radio station – it covers most religions, is short, never preachy and always grounded in common sense, warmth, kindness and mindfulness. In short, it does exactly what it sets out to do, gets you to just pause, for a minute or two, to be quiet, to listen, to learn.
So, feed the wolf, just make sure you’re feeding the right one….