The Headland Journal
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October 15, 2021

A tale of two wolves.

"You have your mother's common sense but your father's devilment. I see them fighting. Let your mother win."

From Cherokee Indians to Peaky Blinders - there's an important a lesson about the fight inside us all.

In the first episode of Peaky Blinders a mother tells her criminal son "You have your mother's common sense but your father's devilment. I see them fighting. Let your mother win."

It reminded me of an old Cherokee Indian story that I use a lot to describe the conflict in the mind between positive and negative thought patterns and how we are in control of our thinking.

Photo by Thomas Bonometti on Unsplash

An old Cherokee warrior was talking to his young grandson about a battle that goes on inside us all.

He said "My son,  in each of us there is a fight inside us all between two wolves. One is evil. it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“And the other wolf?” Asked his grandson.

“Ahhh, the other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The boy thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather "So which wolf wins this fight?"

The old man paused and seemed to think deeply for a while. Then he replied, "The wolf you feed."


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