Reflection #2: The Struggle Within

There is an old Cherokee teaching I discovered when I was younger. Every so often I am reminded of it and find myself inspired by the value of the story. I want to share it with you.

Two Wolves


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 other 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.”

This fight happens for everyone, for some the evil wolf may be winning, for others the good. It can be a daily struggle, it can feel hopeless, some stop trying, some blame others for their actions. “They made me this way”, “You wouldn’t understand”, “If only I had..” you fill in the blanks. We’ve heard it all before. We may have even said it ourselves.

It’s true, life is hard. What we are forgetting is that it’s hard for everyone. We excuse ourselves and demand more from strangers. How dare they mess up my order? Cut me off? Make me wait? Look at me like that? Drive so slow? Make me feel inferior? Let their kids scream so much? Wear those clothes? Talk like that? The list goes on.

The great thing about waking up each morning is that it’s a new day. You can’t change your past but you can decide today to feed the good wolf. You get to choose how you react to the obstacles you face. You can realize that strangers are people too, and that each day they struggle with the fight going on inside of them.

Choose kindness. Choose patience. Choose understanding. You may be surprised by how it makes you feel.

Rise and shine, friends.♥

16 thoughts on “Reflection #2: The Struggle Within

  1. Great post! It’s an interesting way of looking at it – the fight that goes on in every one of us. I love how this emphasises that everyone is going through it and to give grace and understanding. It’s so true we can think it’s only us.

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    1. Exactly! So often I hear of what a stranger did to ruin someones day. We shouldn’t give people that kind of power over us. I try to challenge myself to come up with a reason for why someone was inconsiderate to me. For example, if someone cuts me off in a hurry on the street I think, “maybe they are rushing to visit a loved one on the hospital”. It takes away my frustration. We should try not to let the actions of others feed our “evil” wolf.

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      1. I do exactly the same thing. I tend to always give people the benefit of the doubt cos we have no idea what’s going on underneath.

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  2. Very nice post!! I’m sure you are inspiring a lot of people with your writitngs and what you share. I see one girl had shared your earlier poem.

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  3. I’ve always loved that little story. It give such a great visual to what’s going on inside and reminds us that we are in control of our thoughts. (That’s a beautiful picture too!) 🙂


      1. Writing helps. There is something so satisfying about putting thoughts down on paper or making up a story. Exercise helps too. I love walking or doing yoga. Oh, and being thankful. Sometimes all you have to do is take a moment to think of all the great things in your life. 🙂


        1. That is so true. I started doing that as well (if I am able to think of it). I feel a lot better after writing down some things that I am thankful for in my life. 🙂 I love yoga! I haven’t ever done it regularly until now. I am going to try and do yoga at least 3x per week but if I can I want to try and do it ever day if I can make myself set aside the time! 😀 Thanks for your thoughts!

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    1. Exactly! Knowing that, I feel we should do our bests to end as many interactions as possible on a positive note. The positive energy will spread. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

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