Today at my mood group therapy class I had a terrible time due to some people not respecting the rest of the group but I will keep going and hopefully things will get better. One thing that did sickout today however, was a old Cherokee story about the two wolves inside men. You can read it below:
“Two Wolves” ~~ A Cherokee Legend
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” —Author Unknown
I realized that a lot of what I go through with my bipolar is my mind feeding the “wrong wolf”. I need to take the time to start changing the way I feel by changing the way I think and respond.
Photo by (Paul Bielaczyc. Yin Lang. Charcoal, 2005.)