At a basic level, life is a constant battle between two forces – good and evil.
Each culture has their own tales surrounding this battle. One of the most well-put and empowering is the Cherokee Native American legend of two wolves.
As an old Cherokee is sitting with his grandson by a campfire, he decides to teach him a lesson about life. And so he says to the boy:
“A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight between two wolves.”
“One wolf is evil – in his heart lies nothing but anger, envy, greed, arrogance, resentment, self-pity and false pride. But the other wolf is good. His heart contains joy, peace, love, hope, compassion and faith.”
The elder went on to explain that these two wolves fight inside each and every human being.
The grandson thought about this for a few moments. Then, intrigued, he asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf is going to win?”
The old man simply replied:
“Whichever one you feed.”
The Importance of Taking Responsibility
One of the most important characteristics to note in the evil wolf is self-pity. It is far too easy to trick yourself into thinking you’re a victim of circumstance and that you have no choice but to be malicious.
In reality, you have a choice. You can continue to feed the evil wolf by feeling sorry for yourself and going along the path of least resistance. Or, you can accept responsibility for your actions and make room for positivity.