This Cherokee proverb is quite popular, and seems to keep coming up on my radar. It’s simple, but profound.
One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil, full of anger, envy, jealousy, greed, and arrogance. The other is Good, full of peace, love, hope, humility, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about this for a while and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” To which Grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Every moment of the day we choose which “wolf” to feed. In our mental and emotional well-being, our health, our relationships and our work. Every choice we make feeds who we are. Everything counts.
Corporations and governments are wolves, and their characteristics are determined (to some degree) by what we want. As a society, our desires and habits determine what wolf starves or thrives. If they become a wolf we don’t like, we can collectively choose to starve it until it altars it’s ways.
As a society, we also have the ability to create and nourish a whole new type of wolf. We can instigate a complete paradigm shift. They call that a revolution.
A revolution is an outcome of deliberate, unrelenting passion. You can create one in your personal life any time you choose. Every day. And if you’re really passionate, you can create a societal revolution. (We’re currently in need of a few.)
Though we are seldom deliberate about it, we do have that kind of power. Seems like a shame not to use it.
The wolves we feed (personally, governmentally and in business) may be gluttonous, wasteful and self indulgent, or peaceful, environmentally responsible and relational. Our choice. Every individual action is food for a certain type of societal wolf that we choose to feed.
What wolf is your lifestyle feeding?