An Old Cherokee Tale of Two Wolves

One evening a Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a struggle inside all people. He said, ‘My son, there is a battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside each of us.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’


Nurture your compassion. Starve your anger and self-pity. Keep the Good Wolf strong. —Dr T

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