An old Cherokee tale…

An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth.”

 The boy pondered it for awhile, and then asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

-Author Unknown 


two wolvesI have noticed a pattern that is playing out in my life. Life seems to send me a quote or proverb, twice, just so I get the message. I wrote about this in a previous post, and it has happened again.

I read this beautiful tale on Pinterest, and then in a Louise Penny book that I just finished reading. I love the symbolism of the wolf – a powerful animal, and a spiritual animal, for some.

I sat and pondered this tale for a few days, struck by the simple wisdom of the advice passed down from an elder to his grandson.

I wondered, “which wolf do I feed?”

I can see how easy it is to get caught up in negative thinking, anxious thoughts, and a sense of meaningless in Life. I know how easy it is to keep feeding this “wolf”. 

The battle between the two can be fierce.

Both fighting for attention; both needing to be fed.

By feeding one, the other is starved.

This tale reminds me that we have a choice; that we can choose to focus on goodness, kindness, healing and growth, even when the other “wolf” is howling for attention.

A difficult process, yes, but still a choice.

cherokee tale

The wisdom of our aboriginal fathers still ripples through time. I am grateful for their wisdom.


  1. LYNN says:

    Debbie – you’re an inspiration! Your blog is stunning with its visual beauty and literary soul food; you’ve managed to deliver an offering that reflects what I know is within you. You could – and I hope will – make this into a book. Delicious! Come back to England. Please.

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