The two wolves in our heart
Ken LaRive – Lafayette Political Buzz Examiner
It is attributed to the Nanticoke Indians…
One evening, an elderly
Cherokee brave told his
grandson about a battle that
goes on inside of all people.
He said “My son, the battle inside our hearts and minds are
like having two wolves inside of us…
One wolf is evil…
It is anger,
envy, jealousy, sorrow,
regret, greed, arrogance,
self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride,
uncontrolled superiority, and ego.
The other is a good wolf…
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence,
truth, compassion and hard won faith.”
The grandson thought about
it for a minute, and then asked
“Which wolf wins grandpa?…”
The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one that you feed, my son.”
I immediately saw that happiness was not mentioned. I suppose happiness, as compared to joy, is of a selfish kind, where true joy is selfless. I also saw that it was mentioned that inferiority and superiority are considered to both be in the bad wolf… Perhaps this indicates that we should think of ourselves as having strength and weakness at the same time, as those two ideals might be considered absolutes. And seeing “truth” there, just warmed my heart… “Hard won faith.” too, is a concept that means we have to study with our intellect, and have faith in both our ability, and for what we can not see.
But it got me to thinking… Isn’t everything in this word the same? For instance, if we do not like the violence and immorality in the movies, or find that truth is not shown on the news, or that elected officials are lying… do not go to see the movie, turn off your television, and see to it they are not reelected… It is the wolf you feed, and that determines your life from every aspect. If you do not pay that wolf, feed him, he will starve to death…
If you look at your children, and react to the bad wolf inside of them, that wolf will grow to be more valid. That wolf will be the one to react in their reality, and if left unchecked, for the rest of their lives… sounds too simple? Isn’t our reality what we feed it to be?
I want that bad wolf to die inside of me. And I will work for that for the rest of my days…
Merry Christmas to all with hope and love!
From my family to yours… Carina
Thank you dear Amelia for the excellent blog Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, for acknowledging my blog in this way. I burn passionately for the defenseless animals of our world, struggling to survive because of mankind’s stupidity! I especielly protect the wolves around the world – hate to see them persecuted in all and every country. I could cry rivers of tears for the wolves at no avail. If you are interested check out my blog “Wolf Is My Soul”
No more about me and more praise for Amelia and her blog. Sadly I have not followed her as long as I would have wanted. The thing that grabbed my attention first were the beautiful photos in her blog.
A – Animal lover and activist
B – Bipolar
C – Caring
D – DOGS = LOVE
E – Earthling, meaning I’m very concerned for the environment we have created and still do.
F – Freedom – anywhere there are no people
G – Grandmother (1 here, 3 on the way)
H – Hate hunters with a vengeance
I – Income-deprived, lol
J – Joyrides!! Love them!!
K – Kittens
L – Life is sacred, ALL life!
M – Middle-aged (recently turned 50, ouch)
N – Non-religious at all
O – Observer
P – Poachers should be shot on sight!
Q – Quiltsewing – tradition
R – Recovered heroinaddict since almost 14 years. YAY for me!!
S – Survivor.
T – Tranquility – going for long walks with my flock in the forest.
U – Universe – unfathomable
V – Vagabond
W – Winter!!! Love the real thing, not the slosh we usually get here
X – X-ray – had one recently
Y – Yoga
Z – Zodiac – mine is Scorpio
Whew! That was it!! It was HARD, first thought it was a piece of cake, but no it wasn’t.
The terms of the award also include the honor of nominating 8 deserving bloggers for this award and to notify them. There are many deserving bloggers out there, and it is a task to limit the list to 8.
However, here is my list (in random order) :
Thank you dear Amelia, I believe that many of your readers stay and / or return because you provide such an enjoyable blog and exquisite photographs.
To all those nominated and named in this blog ~ A very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
WARNING Graphic video and article. The truth of what the animals pay for human consumtion.
Humankind is on a fast-track to destroying both life forms ad habitat globally. Tragic!!