The Legend of the Two Wolves

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This old Cherokee fable has a deep message. Which wolf will you feed?



A young boy came to his Grandfather, filled with anger at

another boy who had done him an injustice.

The old Grandfather said to his grandson, “Let me tell you a

story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that

have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate

wears you down, and hate does not hurt your enemy. Hate is

like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have

struggled with these feelings many times.”

“It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one wolf is good and

does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and


not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only

fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. But the

other wolf, is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a

fit of temper.”

“He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot

think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless

anger, because his anger will change nothing. Sometimes it is

hard to live with these two wolves inside me, because both of

the wolves try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked,

“Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather smiled and said, “The one I feed.”



Love and Respect,


Christine Lewicki

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