Feed the Good Wolf

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you — and inside every person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”

6 thoughts on “Feed the Good Wolf

  1. Funny. I have that poster hanginging in my private office at work. Been there for years. All the best !!!!

    Jeffrey S Gerland


  2. Thank you for such a wise, beautiful quote. Makes me think of one of my favorite spiritual books….”Black Elk Speaks.” I’ve been fascinated by Native American culture since I was a child reading ‘The Last of the Mohicans.”


  3. Ahhh! Lots of wisdom here. I will use this with my 3rd graders’ CCD Class! They will “get” this.


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