Several years ago I took a class with the ominous sounding title, Death and Dying. That was a topic with which I was very comfortable so I signed up for it and enjoyed it immensely. There were many things offered relating to wisdom gained as we age and how best to live before we die, but the following advice was the best of all:
Cherokee wisdom – Two Wolves
An old Cherokee chief was 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 fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
“The other is GOOD: he 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,” he added.
The grandson thought about it for a while and then asked, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”