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Most of us have been made familiar of this Native American story of the two wolves that live in each man’s heart. I had first heard of this story a few years ago in a movie named "The Pathfinder". Needless to say it resonated and I tucked it deep into my psyche. Through time I would hear it here and there. This year however, I was seeing this story every month from January, via email from different people who were not connected to each other. I got it from personal mails, blogs, newsletters. I would have said its a coincidence but I knew the Universe was trying to tell me something, but what?
While in the midst of currently reading a book by Debbie Ford, I stumbled onto this:
There is an old Cherokee story about a chief of a large village. One day the chief decides that the time has come to teach his favorite grandson about life. He takes him out into the forest, sits him under and old tree, and explains, "Son, there is a fight going on within the mind and heart of every human being that is alive today.
Even though I am a wise old chief, the leader of out people, this same fight is going on inside me. If you do not know that the battle is going on, it will drive you crazy. You will never know what direction to go in. You will sometimes win in life and then, without understanding why, you will suddenly find yourself lost, confused, and afraid, and may lose all that you word so hard to gain.
You will often think you are doing the right thing and then find out that you were making the wrong choices. If you do not understand the forces of good and evil, the individual life and the collective life, the true self and the false self, you will live a life always in great turmoil.
"it is as if there are two big wolves living inside me; one is white and one is black. The white wolf is good, kind, and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all that is around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. The good wolf, grounded and strong in the understanding of who he is and what he is capable of, fights only when it is right to do so and when he must in order to protect himself or his family, and even then he does it in the right way. He looks out for all the other wolves in his pack and never deviates from his nature.
"But there is a black wolf also that lives inside me, and this wolf is very different. He is loud, angry, discontent, jealous, and afraid. The littles thing will set him off into a fit of rage. He fights with everyone, all the time for no reason. He cannot think clearly because his greet for more and his anger and hate are so great. But it is helpless anger, son, for his anger will change nothing. He looks for trouble wherever he goes, so he easily finds it. He trusts no one, so he has no real friends."
The old chief sits in silence for a few minutes, letting the story of the two wolves penetrate his young grandson’s mind. Then he slowly bends down, looks deeply into his grandson’s eyes, and confesses, "Sometimes its hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them fight hard to dominate my spirit."
Riveted by his elder’s account of this great internal battle, the boy tugs on his grandfather’s breechcloth and anxiously asks, "Which one of the wolves winds, Grandfather?" And with a knowing smile and a strong firm voice, the chief says, "They both do, son. YOu see, if I choose to feed only the white wolf, the black wolf will be waiting around every corner looking to see when I am off balance or too busy to pay attention to one of my responsibilities, and he will attack the white wolf and cause many problems for me and our tribe. He will always be angry and fighting to get the attention he craves.
But if I pay a little attention to the black wolf because I understand his nature, if I acknowledge him for the strong force that his is and let him know that I respect him for his character and will use him to help me if we as a tribe are ever in big trouble, he will be happy , the white wolf will be happy, and they both win. We all win."
Confused, the boy asks, "I don’t understand, Grandfather. How can both wolves win?" The chief continues: "You see, son, the black wolf has many important qualities that I might need, depending on what comes out way. He is fierce, strong-willed, and will not back down for a moment. He is smart, clever, and is capable of the most devious thoughts and strategies, which are important in a time of war. He has man sharp and heightened senses that only one who is looking through the eyes of darkness could appreciate. In the midst of an attack he could be our greatest ally."
The chief then brings out some cold steaks from his pouch and puts them down on the ground, one to his left and one to his right. He points to the steaks and says, "Over here to my left is food for the white wolf, and here to my right is food for the black wolf. If I choose to feed them both, they will no longer fight to get my attention, and I can use each of them as needed. And since there is no war going on between the two of them, I can hear the voice of my deeper knowing and choose which one can help me best in every circumstance.
If your grandmother wants food to cook for a special meal and I haven’t taken care of it like I should have, I can ask the white wolf to lend me his charms to console her black wolf, who is hungry and angry. The white wolf always knows what to say and will help me be more sensitive to her needs. You see, son, if you understand that there are two main forces that exist inside you and you give them both equal respect, they will both win and there will be peace.
Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission-the ultimate purpose of life. A man who has peace inside has everything. A man who is pulled apart by the war inside him has nothing. You are a young man who has to choose how you will interact with the opposing forces that live inside you. What you decide will determine the quality of the rest of your life. And when one of the wolves needs special attention, which it will sometimes, you don’t have to be ashamed; you can just admit it to your elders and get the help you need. When it is out in the open, others who have struggled with this same battle can offer you their wisdom."
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