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 an 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.)