One evening an elder Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us. One is Fear. It carries anxiety, concern, uncertainty, hesitancy, indecision and inaction.
The other is Faith. It brings calm, conviction, confidence, enthusiasm, decisiveness, excitement and action.”
The grandson thought about it for a moment and then meekly asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”
Damn, that's good. What a visual. If you forget every idea out there, please remember this one. Apply it to all situations. The wolves test you, asking which you'll choose:
- confinement or liberation?
- treading water or crossing oceans?
- purgatory or paradise?
But don't be fooled. This isn't a once-in-a-lifetime decision. It's a life-long one.
The wolf of fear only needs scraps to survive. He's practically invincible. Always ready, he'll resurface. But if you starve him, he'll gradually weaken.
Keep him malnourished by consciously choosing faith. Over. And over. And over.
Even (especially!) if you feel fear, feed faith.
Which wolf are you feeding? Let me know in the comments!
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