Parable of Two Wolves



An elderly Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life. 

He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.” One wolf is evil………..he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego. 

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

They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” 

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


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12 Responses to “Parable of Two Wolves”

  1. alunatunes Says:

    This is such a great post. I had forgotten about this valuable story- thanks for the reminder

  2. SanityFound Says:

    This is one of the parables I keep in my inbox at all times, its truth always brings a smile of rememberance to my soul each and every time I read it. Thanks you, you made my day!

  3. Amber Says:

    I love this.. I posted it a year ago.. and it is one of my favorites… good one honey!!!!!

  4. mssc54 Says:

    Although I don’t have any letters in front of behind my name and I am just a ‘regular guy”, I have found that I usually get what I expect out of life.

  5. mssc54 Says:

    Dang I’ve got to start proof reading BEFORE I hit the “Submit Comment” button.

    should read “…in front of or behind..”

    But everyone knew that. 🙂

    Expect to have a good day all!

  6. Roberto Montanez Says:

    Very nice story. Thanks for sharing. We all have eros and thanatos!

  7. psychscribe Says:

    Alunatunes, Sanity Found, and Amber: Well I guess you knew something I didn’t know 🙂 Someone sent it to me and I thought it was awesome..

    Roberto: glad you enjoyed.

    mssc54: maybe i’m tired….that absolutely may be it…but am i sensing negative energy in your “maybe I don’t have letters before or after my name” and “I’m just a regular guy”? I AM tired, so it could be me…?

  8. vanessaleighsblog Says:

    pyschscribe: I also have read this one before, but I always kind of take in my breath when I get to the last line, “the one you feed”. It blows me away, with its truth and simplicity.

    I am Native American, and the wolf is my totem animal, so this one is of particular meaning to me. Thank you for sharing it!!!

  9. mssc54 Says:

    yeh ur tired, get some rest. 😉

  10. psychscribe Says:

    ok mssc54, i will, 🙂

  11. psychscribe Says:

    vl- you are very welcome…

  12. cordieb Says:

    A classic fav! It always brings me optimism. Thanks for posting.

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