The Story of the Two Wolves

Each Day, We Have Both Favorable
And Unfavorable Experiences.

We are faced with the choice to give in to anger, or exercise restraint and focus on peace. It isn’t always easy, but perhaps this story can put it into a better perspective:

One day, a young boy came to his Grandfather, filled with anger at another boy who had done him an injustice. The wise old man said to his grandson, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those who have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and hate does not hurt your enemy. Hate is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.

“It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one wolf is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense is intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. But the other wolf is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of rage.

“He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, because his anger will change nothing. Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, because both of the wolves try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather smiled and said, “The one I feed.”

When you have an unfavorable experience, if you choose to feed the good, then you will grow as a person and gain the ability to change your circumstances. However, if you feed the bad, it will eat you from the inside out and cause you to lose focus on the bigger picture, which will prevent positive progress. So now you must ask yourself, “Which wolf am I feeding today?”

 

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