The Airloom gets philosophical

5 Jun

A Cherokee woman was teaching her grandchildren about life. She said, “A battle is raging inside me. It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The old woman looked at the children with a firm stare. “This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The children thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandmother, “which wolf will win?”

The grandmother replied: “The one you feed.”

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One Response to “The Airloom gets philosophical”

  1. ineedyoutoneedme December 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on I NEED YOU TO NEED ME and commented:
    I’m part Cherokee and my grandfather told us similar stories like these all the time….I’ve been trying to remember some of the old tales like the three brothers….I think those would make for some pretty good stories to tell if I could just remember the dang things :/

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