Dietary Advice for Canis Lupus
The Wolf you feed
An old Cherokee is 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, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The 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 Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
I love this story.
To me, this legend represents the essence of being human.
It is our ability to choose our response that sets us apart from other animals.
Stephen Covey said: “Between stimulus and response is a space. In this space lies our freedom to choose our response. In these choices lie our growth and our happiness”.
Since words are only shadows of deed (Democritus) and we are what we repeatedly do (Aristotle),
I am sure, that the one thing most nutritious to these two wolves is Action.
It’s not your thoughts or emotions that feed them (although they snack on them I’m sure), it’s what you do.
When I manage to get up at seven in the morning to run, swim, meditate and do an anonymous good deed before nine o’clock, then thats a huge breakfast foor the good wolf. She feeds on happiness (the high quality one, not the “have-a-wank-and-go-to-bed one”) and a sense of purpose.
Feeding her is not easy, she’s one of those picky-vegan-organic-no-salt people. She eats only the good stuff that takes a bit of effort to get.
When she does well, you’ll do well.
However, I frequently wake up to feeding the bad wolf as well.
One example for this used to be when I was stalking my ex-girlfriend on facebook, mulling and churning about other guys she might or might not have been in contact with.
Or badmouthing and gossiping about others. Or trying to be the center of attention. Or making myself wrong. Or telling myself I can’t do this or that. Or… Or… Or…
That one’s got a pretty varied diet! She’ll eat anything and become very obese and very strong quite quickly if you let her. Also, she just takes her food if you don’t look out. All the stuff she likes to eat (see above) comes without any mental or physical effort (literally).
Which wolf are you feeding?