There are those of you out there that may already know this story. When I first read it I was looking for those messages of inspiration that are all over the interweb. I’ve always kept a link to it, always going back to read it if I felt the need. Then I had an idea. What if this story was a poem?
So I decide to do just that and turn it into a poem. Now I know I’m probably sailing a bit close to the wind but as I understand it there is no known author to this story. What I have read is that the stories origins are Native American, very possibly Cherokee and it’s consider to be more of a passed down parable.
All that aside, I hope you see that I’ve tried to rewrite this story in the way that I would like to read and remember it and with the love and respect it deserves.
This is how the story goes.
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: “1Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
And this is how I see it, I hope you enjoy.
While out one day a wise Cherokee
Was teaching his grandson how life can be
He tells of a fable his grandfather once told
And word for word did his story unfold
“A fight is happening inside of me
It’s a terrible fight you cannot see
Between two wolves one bad, one good
This fight can affect a livelihood
The evil one has many a name
Anger, envy, sorrow, shame
Arrogance, guilt, ego, superiority
Resentment, lies, ego, self-pity
The other one as you might guess
Is good and is happiness
Peace, love, hope, serenity
Truth, compassion, faith and generosity
This same fight goes on in you
And every other person, too.”
The grandson thought and after a while
Turned to his grandfather with a naive smile
“If we have two wolfs fighting within
Can you tell me which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee stood and simply replied,
“The one you feed. Only you can decide.”