Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Two Wolves

Two Wolves

One evening a grandfather told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

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?"

Grandfather simply replied, "The one you feed".

~author unknown


Molly said...

I had never heard this! Thanks for sharing it--it says in a nutshell what I've always harped on about to my children......

Anonymous said...

That is fantastic advice!

Jon M said...

oooh such wisdom! I think mine are Jack Russells though, not wolves.

Remiman said...

True, to my mind.
The one wolf seem hungrier more often it seems.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Miss Molly,

Because it's TRUE! And good for you, making sure the kids know it!


I agree, so it is posted.

Hullo Jon!

I think yours *are* Jack Russells, which makes it all the more important.


It can be tricky feeding the right one, sometimes.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

heartinsanfrancisco said...

This is perfectly lovely! Thank you for sharing.

My new post is about wolves, too. As they say, good minds...

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

My dearest Hearts,

I believe it's GREAT minds, and if that's true, then I am in very good company!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Eastcoastdweller said...

Powerful. And so very true.

Sometimes I read on the news, about people who have done awful things, and I wonder how they got to that point.

Step by step into the abyss, one meal at a time fed to the bad wolf.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hello ECD!

It's true. A step at a time.
Although, I have met some that have jumped in head first.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Suburbia said...

Gosh, I must keep that in mind. What a brilliant post, well timed for me, thank you :)

Kay said...

So true.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

What a lovely parable. And which of those wolves in the picture is the evil one? They both look so lovely.

michelle | bleeding espresso said...

This is so wonderful and a great reminder that we really do need to feed ourselves more than just food (although I rather love *that* part of being human too) ;) Thinking of you cara!

Vesper said...

True. Sometimes it might be difficult to recognise each of the two...

Pearl said...

The wolves in pack have quarrels with each other? Or only people who decide one wolf is rabid and needs to be removed. Or does each has value and role?

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I love this story - great wisdom!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Timing is everything, isn't it?
Hope you are well. ;o)


It is. I wish more people thought about it.

Hey Jules,

It's a very nice photo; wish I'd taken it!

Michelle my bella amica,

Yeah, but you get to eat authentic Italian food and your excellent cooking, so both is best for you!
Think of you too, all the time.


There is a fine line between the two, sometimes. I've known days when I realized just a little too late that I was feeding the wrong one. I correct that though.

Very good questions Pearl,

I think it's important to have both, for how can you determine good without measuring it by evil?

My very dearest Vanilla,

It is good, isn't it?
Perfect to post here.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Robin said...

I love that story!