When we were young we thought that we knew everything and that our parents were just being ridiculous, over-protective or just being mean when they tried to instruct us or explain things to us. If you were like me, you could not understand anything that they tried to tell you and sometimes even wondered if they were even speaking our language.
The truth is that we knew nothing. We were naive and inexperienced. We had no idea how the real world functioned. We lived our lives without fear, as if we were invincible. Little did we know that everything we did was having an effect on our lives in one way or another.
I heard a story that really made a lot of sense to me. I want to share it with you.
Many years ago, a Cherokee elder was teaching his grandson about life. He explained that there is a battle going on inside each of us. He explained that the fight is fierce and is between two wolves. One white wolf and one black wolf. The black wolf represented anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity and guilt. The white wolf represented joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, gentleness, love, compassion, generosity, honesty and faith. The wise old Cherokee went on to explain that this fight within us is in every person. The grandson was quiet for a time, thinking about what his grandfather was telling him, then he asked, “Which wolf will win?” His grandfather replied very simply, “The one you feed.”
I was impressed by this story because of the simplicity and at the same time, the clarity of it. The symbolism of the wolves fighting for control, good against evil, is so clear and easy to see in this story. It is easy to compare this to your own life and see how one wolf or the other can gain control. It should be evident that the white wolf is the wolf that should be in control but how many times can you see that it was the black wolf that was in control? Perhaps the black one is in control now. What do you have to do to give the control back to the white wolf?
Zig Ziglar said, “You are who you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”
Begin to change what goes into your mind. Instead of listening to the news listen to an inspirational message. Instead of participating in the company gossip, turn on your headphones and listen to the good news of your favorite author, inspirational speaker, teacher, etc.
The more positive influences you can subject yourself to, the faster the white wolf can gain control.
The battle within is a fierce one but when you begin to make positive changes in your life, positive things will begin to happen. Live your life to win.