The Power to Choose


A Native American Legend

An old man took his grandson to the top of a mountain to look at the valley down below. In a clearing they saw two wolves fighting viciously. The old man pointed to the wolves and told his grandson, “This is what life is like. We constantly have two wolves battling one another. One wolf represents anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, ego and all the negative emotions that brings us down. The other wolf represents love, compassion, hope, joy, peace, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith and all the emotions that serve us.

The little boy looked at the wolves fighting and turned to his grandfather, “Which is the wolf that wins?”

The old man smiled and said, “The one that you feed.”

I’m such an emotional person. I feel I’m sometimes at the mercy of my feelings. When I’m upset,  I let the bad wolf win; the whole world turns upside down and I feel completely helpless. I let the negative emotions destroy me, instead of letting the positive ones strengthen and uplift me.

I don’t think I can ever completely stop feeling this way. This is how I’m made, who I am, and I have to embrace that. But today the two wolves in the legend fill me with hope. No matter what life throws at me, I have is control over how I react in those vulnerable moments. No matter what, I’ll always have the power to choose.

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